Indian government promises independent review of medical regulation reform bill

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 03 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k13
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. Kolkata

Doctors on strike in India were told to return to work on 2 January, after the government agreed to refer for independent review a new bill that aims to reform medical education and regulation.

Nearly 29 000 doctors are reported to have refused to see patients in private hospitals in protest at the National Medical Commission Bill, which was introduced to the Indian parliament on 29 December. In November around 270 000 doctors across India took to the streets to protest against the proposed bill.1

The Indian Medical Association, which called for the strike, condemned the bill as “anti-people and anti-patient.”

But the IMA called off the strike after the government agreed to …

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