Clinics and personal hospitals have been closed in Punjab on Tuesday as round 10,000 medical doctors launched a protest below the banner of the Punjab chapter of IMA, demanding rollback of the Punjab Scientific Institution (Registration and Regulation) Ordinance, 2020.
Terming the ordinance “anti-doctor” and “anti-public”, the protesters claimed the federal government was making an attempt to regulate the personal healthcare sector with this.
“Round 10,000 medical doctors in Punjab noticed full bandh within the state. All services are closed,” mentioned Rakesh Wig, chairman of the joint motion committee of the Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA) Punjab department.
The Punjab authorities had final month notified the Punjab Scientific Institution (Registration and Regulation) Ordinance, 2020 and it could be relevant to medical institutions having greater than 50 beds.
It gives for registration and regulation of medical institutions to make sure compliance with medical requirements and protocols, and transparency within the functioning of those institutions for honest and correct supply of well being providers to the frequent man, the federal government had then claimed.
The ordinance will come into drive on July 1, the medical doctors mentioned.
The agitating medical doctors mentioned there was no want for this legislation as they have been already regulated by the Punjab Medical Council and different legal guidelines.
“What was the compulsion of bringing this legislation? On one aspect, we’re serving to the state authorities in combating COVID -19 and alternatively, it’s bringing such a legislation,” mentioned Mr Wig.
The medical doctors additional claimed that with this legislation, there can be pointless interference of the federal government in personal hospitals. “The federal government desires to regulate us by proxy,” certainly one of them mentioned.
“This legislation will promote ”Inspector Raj” and corruption,” Mr Wig added.
The protesters additionally mentioned remedy prices would go up with the implementation of this legislation.
They claimed that they catered to 70 per cent of the state’s inhabitants.
As a substitute of imposing such a legislation, the federal government ought to give attention to bettering healthcare services in government-owned hospitals, the medical doctors mentioned, demanding the ordinance be rolled again.