NMC Bill row: AIIMS doctors invite JP Nadda for a debate

The AIIMS Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) wrote to JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and invited him for an open debate on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

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  • 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. 
  • However, Indian Medical Association (IMA) opposes the bill. It says that the newly introduced bill is flawed then the old one.
  • Informing about the government’s decision in the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, “Those who opposed the bill demanded that the bill should be sent to the standing committee. The government is ready to send the bill to the standing committee. I would request the speaker to ask the standing committee to give their recommendations before the budget session.”
  • “This is the second time that the bill is being sent to the standing committee. So, the standing committee should give the recommendations before the budget session,” said the Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
  • On January 10, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog said, the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill was supported by all the experts including the doctors.
  • However, today, The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) wrote to JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and invited him for an open debate on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, President, RDA AIIMS, New Delhi said, “We do not agree to this bill as there are many flaws in it.  The points which we do not agree to will be discussed with the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. If the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare is ready for the discussion. Then, all the AIIMS and IMA doctors will participate in it. If the discussion takes place with the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, then there is a possibility of improvement in the bill.”

What the letter says:

  • The doctor fraternity is frightened from the day you introduced the NMC Bill in the parliament. The bill compromises the basis behind medical education. We were taught to serve humanity and stand for our patients without thinking about our own life.
  • Issues like nomination of majority of members of NMC by bureaucrats and politicians, full control of corporate sector to decide fees of more than 60% of seats, national licentiate exam (NLE) no provision of grievances redressal for student, fate of NBE, bridge course, registration, etc.
  • These issues are serious enough to distort the future of medical education on this country.