The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called a strike at healthcare facilities across the country on Thursday, August 8, to denounce certain provisions within the 2019 National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. Associated demonstrations are expected across the country, although times and locations were not immediately available.
Disruptions to healthcare services should be expected during the strike. Protests are likely to take around health centers, hospitals, and government offices. Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence should be expected in the vicinity of any protest.
The 2019 National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill provides for a National Medical Commission in order to regulate medical education, the profession's standards, and institutions across India. Healthcare workers have been protesting the bill since its passage on August 1, as they consider it is likely to deteriorate medical education and lead to the degradation of healthcare services.
Individuals in India are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate localized transportation and business disruptions, long wait times for healthcare services, and a heightened security presence near possible protest sites.
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