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TMC MP Dastidar objects to NMC guidelines – Compares doctors to bonded labourers

New Delhi: Doctors cannot be asked to work like bonded labourers and their job cannot be compared with other professionals, Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said Friday, objecting to the recent guidelines issued by National medical Commission (NMC) for medical practitioners. Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, she termed the NMC guidelines as “draconian”. “I would like to request the government that the draconian notice given by the National Medical Commission (NMC) to the doctors of service all over the country to act like bonded labourers that they have to sign at 4 o’ clock in the morning and at 4 o’ clock in the evening.

“To deal with the issue of ghost faculty in medical colleges leading to burden on PG students the National Medical Commission (NMC) last month barred the faculty from engaging in private practice during college hours,” she said. According to the “Minimum Standard of Requirements for Postgraduate Courses-2023 . (PGMSR-2023)” guidelines, it shall be mandatory to have at least 75 per cent attendance of the total working days for the required number of faculties. The NMC since long has been reiterating the importance of Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system for faculty members in medical colleges.