Karnataka: Doctors continue protest against KPME act

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A day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured discussion, the Doctors of Private Hospitals Association and Indian Medical Association continued their protest on Tuesday against KPME Act in Belgaum.

Doctors of Private Hospitals Association & Indian Medical Association continue their protest against KPME Act in Belgaum. Courtesy: ANI news

The protest was started on the first day of the 10-day winter session of Karnataka Legislature, which began on Monday. Out-patient service in private hospitals and clinics across Karnataka were affected on Monday as some 50,000 private doctors went on strike.

Dr Ravindra, IMA Karnataka President, had threatened to go on fast unto death if the government passed the act.

The Karnataka government has begun a process to amend Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act (KPME) to regulate the charges for treatment in private clinics and hospitals. It is alleged that some hospitals were charging exorbitantly.

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