Private hospitals, diagnostic centres and clinics will down shutters on Friday(3rd Nov) against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Act. Even the private clinics and hospitals will remain closed on Friday in Belagavi.
While inpatient services (that is, continued treatment for those who are in hospitals) and ambulance services are expected to continue, out-patient and diagnostics services in medical establishments are likely to be hit.
The strike called by the Karnataka chapter of the IMA will affect all private outpatient medical facilities in Karnataka from 6 am to 6 pm. Only emergency and trauma cases will be attended.
It is unclear how many hospitals and clinics will participate in the strike.
Karnataka Government proposes to bring an amendment to the Act to fix fees to be charged by Private Hospitals and for treatment provided to various diseases and has included a clause to penalise those violating the new rules.
The bill would be tabled at the winter session of the legislature that is scheduled to begin from November 13.
All government hospitals have been asked to prepare for an expected increase in patient load during the day of the strike.