- 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, 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