Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director of the Manipal Group of Hospitals, told NDTV, "Emergency services and inpatient services will continue, but we have shut the OPD facility today, which usually operates from 8am to 8pm."
The Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (Amendment) Bill 2017, an amendment to the original Act in 2007, has been objected to by private medical practitioners and hospitals in the state. The bill was tabled earlier this year.
A committee headed by former chief justice of Karnataka high court Vikramajit Sen was appointed by the government in July last year to regulate the healthcare system in Karnataka. Its report in April 2017 suggested sweeping reforms, including regulations for private and government hospitals.
The health minister's office said there were no immediate plans for a meeting with the medical fraternity to work out matters.