Doctors in the state will wear black ribbons and badges and stay away from work.

20000 doctors across Andhra go on strike over legal rights to community paramedicsImage for representation (PTI)
news News Monday, October 02, 2017 - 09:16

In protest against the AP government’s decision to provide legal rights to Registered Medical Practitioners and Private Medical Practitioners, over 20,000 doctors will strike from work in Andhra Pradesh on Monday.

The call for the strike was given by Indian Medical Association (IMA) demanding exemptions in the Clinical Establishment Act and to formulate stricter laws to prevent violence against doctors. But the AP chapter of IMA has specific demands for the state to withdraw its decision to give legal rights to RMPs after a training course, The New Indian Express reported.

P Gangadhar, IMA AP president, told TNIE, “There are enough number of doctors to work in rural areas, but still it is quite sad to see that the government is backing the RMPs and making them to work in the rural areas. The initiative might lead to complications.”

The IMA has at least 3 lakh doctors across the country.  The protest will be observed from 6 am to 6 pm.

As part of the protests, doctors in the state will wear black ribbons and badges and will not work.

The TDP led AP government as part of its electoral promises, accorded legal right to the RMP practitioners in the state earlier in August.

As part of the programme, the government will impart training and certify RMP practitioners. To get the certificate for medical practice the Rural Medical Practitioners(RMPs) and Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) will have to undergo six months training at a medical college and three months each at a government hospital.

This move had irked the Indian Medical Association, who had condemned the decision of the government.


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