Govt Tables National Medical Commission Bill in Lok Sabha

On Friday, a bill for setting up a National Medical Commission that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union health minister JP Nadda. However, IMA opposes the bill. Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National IMA President said, we will send in writing to the parliament. If none of this works, we will go on a nationwide agitation for the next 6 weeks

J P Nadda asks states to implement the Clinical Establishment Act

  • The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, which was approved by the Union Cabinet on December 18, is to set up a new and transparent system of regulating healthcare. 
  • The first draft of the Bill was brought about by the NITI Aayog and drew from the 92nd Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health. 
  • It also proposes a common entrance exam and licentiate exams which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences, the official said. No permission would be needed to add new seats or to start post-graduate courses, it says. 
  • However, IMA opposes the bill. It says that the newly introduced bill is flawed then the old one.

The Bill will set up the eponymous National Medical Commission to regulate and develop medical education and the profession, and the Medical Advisory Council (MAC), a purely advisory body to aid the NMC and serve as the primary platform for states to put their views forward to the Commission.

It also states that the commission will have government nominated chairman and members, and the board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary. There will be five elected and 12 ex-officio members in the panel.

The bill provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and post- graduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission.

Dr Ravi Wankhedkar
Dr Ravi Wankhedkar

Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National IMA President said, “We have already started sensitising the member of the Parliament. Furthermore, we will send in writing to the parliament. If none of this works, we will go on a nationwide agitation for the next 6 weeks.”

IMA opposes the bill for the following reasons:

  • The newly introduced bill is flawed then the old one
  • It is not only undemocratic and unrepresentative. But, will lead to more corruption
  • This is going to increase the cost of private medical education
  • The quality of education will come down and the patients will be the sufferers
  • We expected that there will be accreditation for medical education in India .But, even that isn’t fulfilled
Power and functions of National Medical Commission:
1. To assess the changing requirements of the health care scenario, human resources for health, healthcare infrastructure and develop a road map for meeting these requirements
2. To frame requisite policies for the governance of medical education
3. To frame regulations for smooth working of the Commission and the Boards without undermining the autonomy of the Boards and within the provisions of this Act and Rules framed under it
4. To provide overarching policy coordination among the Boards with due regard to their autonomy
5. To ensure the State Council’s effectively enforce the provisions of the Act and in event of inaction on their part, take such action as it deems fit to ensure compliance.
6. To exercise Appellate Authority with respect to decisions of the UGMEB, PGMEB and MARB
7. To prescribe norms for determination of fees for a proportion of seats, not exceeding 40%, in the Private Medical Educational Institutions
8. To exercise such other powers and duties as the Central Government may confer upon it from time to time under the Rules framed under the Act