AP AYUSH doctors taking out a rally in Tirupati on Wednesday,
in support of NMC Bill
AP AYUSH doctors taking out a rally in Tirupati on Wednesday, in support of NMC Bill

Tirupati: The Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) doctors took out a rally in support the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in pilgrim city on Wednesday.

The AP AYUSH Doctors Association described NMC Bill as good decision and welcomed it. They say that so far, they were being subjected to discrimination and objected to AP Junior Doctors Association calling them as quacks.

The government doctors, junior doctors, IMA and medicos took out a massive rally here on Tuesday, protesting the NMC Bill. They have even stopped the outpatient services from 6 am on Tuesday till late in the afternoon. 

They resumed services only after the government announced that the NMC Bill will be sent to Parliamentary Standing Committee ending the strike for now. They were strongly protesting the provision in NMC draft bill that AYUSH doctors will be allowed to practice allopathy medicine after they qualify in bridge course. They were saying that it is not fair to give them such an option.

However, leaders of the AP AYUSH Doctors Association have warned to launch nationwide protest if the Centre goes back on its decision to pass the NMC Bill in the Parliament. “We were suffering from 2003 due to lack of government jobs and thousands of doctors became unemployed.

We demand the government to fill up the vacancies immediately,” said Dr S Kedarnath, General Secretary of the AP AYUSH Doctors Association. The association was also demanding to hike the stipend for house surgeons and post graduate scholars which was due from 2008.

The association also demanded to establish AYUSH centres in every PHC and filling up the vacancies without any further delay.