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"A bill to regulate the medical education and medical practice without the concurrence of the medical profession will be a disaster", said a statement from the association.

The twelve-hour strike, which is in force from 6:00 am-6:00 pm today, is to protest the National Medical Commission Bill, which aims to replace the MCI.

Medical practitioners from the city are geared up for another protest to show solidarity with the nationwide bandh called by the Indian Medical Association to protest against the National Medical Council Amendment Act.

The bridge course will be decided upon at a meeting between the proposed National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine.

"It removes all regulations that were in place before a medical college starts functioning".

A bill to replace the apex medical education regulator - Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body, to ensure transparency, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 29. Therefore, about 3 lakh doctors from the private and government hospital of the country will be on strike today.

The bill also has provisions for allowing doctors under Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda and homeopathy, to be allowed to practice allopathy after a six-month bridge course.

The bill is likely to come up for discussion in Parliament on Tuesday.

He said the IMA has made a decision to submit a memorandum against the bill to elected representatives including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tomorrow.

The bill also allows private colleges to decide fee for 60 per cent of the seats; it is 15 per cent now.

"In its present form, the Bills is detrimental to both the public and modern medicine in India". To clear one more exam after four years of graduation is a burden on the students, he said. Talking about the same, Dr Shivkumar Utture, Member and President of Maharashtra Medical Council, IMA said "We are not against the NMC bill, but the problems and the laws that apply to it cause general patients to suffer".