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Doctors from the city head to Belagavi to oppose KPME Act

Doctors from the city head to Belagavi to oppose KPME Act

Meanwhile, IMA Hubballi branch president Dr Abhay Matkar said all medical establishments will remain closed on Monday Ravindra told reporters in Haveri on Saturday that the association will withdraw the protest only if the government meets the demand of doctors.

He added that the protest may even lead to a hunger strike until a favourable decision is made. The doctors threatened a complete shut-down in case the amendment was adopted in the Legislative Assembly. Around 600 doctors from the city are attending the protest at Belagavi.

Private medical doctors from across the state have launched their agitation in front of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi on Monday, protesting against what they term the draconian Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Bill.

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"Though we conveyed our objections to the bill to the Health Minister (Ramesh Kumar) and sought the Chief Minister's (Siddaramaiah) intervention, no response came from them". Most of the OPDs at private hospitals will not be functioning today, thanks to doctors's protest. According to noted cardiologist Dr M R Prasad, over three lakh patients across the state were badly hit by the doctors' strike. While Mr Shettar assured the doctors that the BJP would appeal to all legislators irrespective of their parties in both Houses not to support the Bill, Mr Kumaraswamy also promised to oppose the Bill if it was tabled during the ongoing session.

About 45,000 private hospitals, including 5,000 in Bengaluru, were shut on November 3 as doctors went on flash strike, demanding changes in the bill with penal provisions, including imprisonment, hefty fines and regulating costs for various treatments or surgeries in private hospitals and clinics.


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