GUNTUR: Doctors squatted at the Government General Hospital in Guntur on Tuesday opposing the National Medical Commission. They said that all nursing homes and hospitals observed 12-hour bandh, from 6 am to 6 pm, opposing the Bill. The doctors said that health of the public will be at risk if non-allopathic doctors are allowed to practise allopathy and demanded the Union government to withdraw its decision regarding NMC. Indian Medical Association and AP Junior Doctors Association together led the protest.
IMA Guntur president Dr G. Venugopal said that after passing MBBS exams, doctors have to pass screening test of the government to start practice but now, the Union government is planning to allow ayurvedic and homeopathy doctors to allow practice allopathy, which is unjustifiable. Further, the government is planning to replace MCI with NMC. Dr Venugopal feared that without proper medical education and practical training, the ayurvedic and homeopathy doctors might not be able to provide proper treatment to the patients and will put their health to risk. Kothapet and Old Club roads wore a deserted look.