New Delhi, Jan 2: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday called off its 12-hour strike after the government agreed to send the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, to a standing committee of Parliament. The strike called by doctors affected OPD services at hospitals across the country.

“All opposition parties have urged that the National Medical Commission Bill should be sent to a standing committee. On behalf of the government I will say we are ready to send it to a standing committee. But I have one request, there is a Supreme Court order, and the Standing Committee on Health also recommended that a Bill should be brought soon,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said while speaking in Lok Sabha.

“To clean the medical education system, this Bill is needed. Tell the standing committee to give its recommendations before the Budget Session, so that we can pass it in the Budget Session,” Kumar urged Lok sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan amid protests from Opposition parties. (Also Read: IMA terms National Medical Commission draconian, undemocratic)

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has 2.77 lakh members, which includes Corporate Hospitals, Poly clinics and Nursing homes, across the country, had called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday to protest the “anti-people and anti-patient” NMC Bill.

The IMA claims that the new bill, which seeks to replace Medical Council of India (MCI) will promote corruption.