Instead of the corrupted Medical Council of India (MCI), the bill aims to create a government body called the National Medical Commission.
The following are the key features of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill –
8. The NMC has 4 independent committees – Undergraduate Medical Education Board, Postgraduate Medical Education Board, Medical Assessment and Rating Board and Ethical and Medical Registration Board.
9. The tenure of NMC will be 4 years.
10. The Medical Council of India needs to meet somewhat once a year, while a quarterly meeting of the National Medical Commission.
11. The members of the NMC Board must disclose their assets and liabilities when they join and resign the office.
PM Modi stated that the government’s objective about healthcare is clear – to build a more fair system of medical education.
(IMA) is dissatisfied with many of Bill’s provisions, such as a rise of over 50% of the management/NRI quota, bridge courses, and a non-democratic framework.
• Established in 1928, as All India Medical Association
• Renamed in 1930, as Indian Medical Association
In specific, three provisions have faced major opposition (unfair criticism) from some of the members of the medical association. These are as follows –
1) Section 10(1)(i) – Fee regulation
• In the last 5 years, over Rupees 10,000 crores have been invested in the development of government seats and 21 new AIIMS have been established of over Rupees 30,000 crores to improve the medical education sector. In the future, this pattern to increase government seats will proceed.
• Approximately, 50% of the country’s total MBBS seats are maintained in government colleges with minimal fees. NMC will control 50% of the remaining seats. So about 75% of the total seats in the nation would have decent fees.
2) Section 15 – NEXT Exam
3) Section 32 – Limited license to practice at mid-level as Community Health Provider Clause 32, which, according to the reviewers, is regulating dishonesty, is the most discussed feature of the NMC Bill.
• CHP is a community healthcare provider chosen by organizations to provide basic health and medical care to the people.
Published: September 19,2019