Mysuru, November 3:- Hundreds of doctors from private hospitals and medical establishments across the city abstained from work today to protest against proposed amendment which will empower the state government to fix prices for various medical services and prescribing punishment, including imprisonment, for doctors in case of irregularities in fee structure.
The protest called by the Karnataka chapter of the Indian Medical association (IMA) and s various other associations received widespread support from the doctors across the city who abstained from work from as early as 8 am on Friday.
The outpatient departments (OPD) at almost all the private hospitals in the city did not function. However, the emergency wards in some private hospitals remained open.
Doctors of various private hospitals assembled at the Mysore Medical College Alumni Association Auditorium at J K Grounds in the city as a token protest against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017 tabled in the state Assembly in June.
Several patients who were unaware of the doctors’ protest were seen returning back home from the private hospitals and clinics and it was a common sight at all the private medical establishments across Mysuru.
Members of IMA, Mysuru chapter, and many private practitioners who assembled at JK Grounds opposed the proposed amendment by the state government and urged the government to consider the recommendations made by the committee headed by former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Vikramajit Sen.