Karnataka: Body representing 327 private hospitals in Bengaluru calls-off strike
The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA), which represents 327 private hospitals in Bengaluru, on Thursday called off strike over the KPME Bill.
"The shut down of operations called by PHANA and other associations in Bengaluru has been called off honouring the court," the association's president said.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has invited the Indian Medical Association (IMA) representatives, private medical establishments and other key stakeholders for a discussion on Friday over the doctors' strike.
Close to 22,000 private doctors in Bengaluru alone have joined the protest against Karnataka Private Medical Establishments bill. On Thursday notices expressing regret over shut OPDs were put up in all private hospitals. Doctors are protesting at the IMA office demanding that the Siddaramaiah government roll back amendments made to the bill.
Doctors have been protesting against the Siddaramaiah government's attempt to table the bill, that includes price regulation for procedures at private hospitals and punishment including imprisonment for wrong treatment against doctors. Doctors have alleged that the bill is an election gimmick by the government. Talks between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and representatives of protesting doctors failed to yield any results on Tuesday.