- The new Bill has the provision for making national standards in medical education uniform
- The Bill, introduced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, also seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956
- The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which seeks to replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) to reform the medical sector in India, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.
The Bill, introduced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, also seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, stating that the Council set up under it was corrupt. It has been alleged that the process by which the MCI regulated medical colleges was flawed.
The long-awaited National Medical Commission Bill 2019, which proposes reforms such as common final year MBBS exam as National Exit Test, will serve as a licentiate exam for entrance to post-graduation.
The Bill also proposes access to quality and affordable medical education, ensures availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals in all parts of the country. It also promotes equitable and universal healthcare that encourages the community health perspective and makes services of medical professionals accessible to all the citizens.
The new Bill has the provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduated in medicine from foreign countries. This exam will be called the National Exit Test (NEXT).
The NMC proposal is to ensure a uniform national pattern for final year MBBS exam so that all medical graduates who get the licence to practise conform to uniform national standards and quality.
The Bill also puts a cap on fees on 50% of seats in MBBS and PG colleges.