The Solan unit of the India Medical Association (IMA) will observe a one-day token strike on June 25 in support of the IMA’s call in protest against the “anti-doctor and anti-patient” government policies.

The IMA has given a call for a nationwide medical bandh on June 25 in protest against the Centre’s “unilateral” decisions on the introduction of the National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill and Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Health Care Bill.

Opposing this Bill, IMA president Dr HS Ahuja said that the NCHRH Bill would provide powers to the Centre to appoint non-medical persons as members in the commission, and there was no provision for representation of professional associations or medical universities.

The commission’s decision on disciplinary action against doctors cannot be questioned in any court of law, which goes against the principles of natural justice. Further, non-medical nominated members will make decisions with regard to medical, dental, and paramedical education, which belied logic.

Doctors said though health was a state subject, there was no role in this Bill for state governments on issues relating to health, manpower planning, curriculum, and course design as well as approval of new institutions offering courses in medicine and allied disciplines.