Private doctors' strike hits affects care in Karnataka

Postado Novembro 14, 2017

The doctors are opposing the proposed amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007, to make private hospitals and nursing homes accountable, stating that they are detrimental to the medical profession.

Health services were partially hit in Karnataka yesterday as several private hospitals and nursing homes did not function following protests by doctors against proposed amendments to an Act governing the medical profession.

Around 8,000 medical personnel will be off duty to go to Belagavi and negotiate with the government.

Many doctors from Bengaluru participated in the protest in belagavi on Monday against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill 2017 whihc is likely to come up during the ongoing session.

However, the Association of Healthcare Providers of India and other private hospital associations said emergency services would remain unaffected. The 10-day session of the Assembly and Council is held in winter every year to address the issues of people living in the state's northern region.

According to IMA's Karnataka Chapter President H.N. Ravindra, almost 76 per cent of patients under the government health schemes are refereed to private hospitals or clinics, as state-run hospitals lack expertise and facilities to treat them for various diseases. "We will not treat out-patients", Veeranna said.

The proposed KPME seeks to regulate medical establishments in the private sector, mandates registration of all private medical establishments, maintenance of records, and prescribes minimum standards of facilities and services provided and also display of various procedures.At the meeting, Siddaramaiah said the government contemplated amendments to the Medical Establishments Act in the interest of the poor, and agreed to do away with some clauses.

Although Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who held talks with representatives of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), assured them that the Bill would not be passed without consulting it and another review, the IMA has called for a relay hunger strike by doctors in Belagavi from Tuesday.

"We will resort to relay hunger strike from Tuesday at Belagavi if the government does not respond to our demand to drop the draconian provisions in the amendment bill". IMA state president, H N Ravindra too seemed happy with his positive response to its demands.

Karnataka Health Secretary Ajay Seth has directed all government hospitals to depute more doctors in the out-patient department to cope with the rush from private hospitals or clinics. About 45,000 private hospitals, including 5,000 in Bengaluru, were also shut on November 3, as doctors went on a flash strike, demanding changes in the amendment bill.