- 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.
- But On Wednesday, 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.
There has been a tussle between government and the doctors regarding the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. The NMC bill isn’t a good one according to the doctors and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has strongly been opposing it. As per them, the Bill is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character.
Whereas, on Wednesday, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog said, “There was a unanimous support for the NMC Bill. Some people called it historical and they congratulated the Prime Minister. They said they know the difficulties for getting it approved. The healthcare experts and the doctors supported it.”
Indian Medical Association (IMA) – the largest organisation of modern medicine practising doctors have however said that, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar’s statement that doctors supported the NMC Bill is factually incorrect.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ravi Wankhdekar, the National President of IMA said, “Since the NMC Bill will remain here for 50-60 years, it is important that views of all the stakeholders are taken into consideration so that it is beneficial to both the community and medical students.”
He added, “The Standing Committee has given us a date and time to represent our case. We are hoping that the discussion will also include all the stakeholders including medical students and medical teachers as it will affect them the most.”