- Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan will introduce the National Medical Commission Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday, July 22
- The amended NMC Bill was approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday, July 17
- The Bill is set to replace the Medical Council of India, and ushers comprehensive reforms in medical education
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. This will be introduced in the parliament on July 22 2019.
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.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Suhas Pingle, Secretary, IMA, Maharashtra, said, “There are two major concerns. The government has decided to cap fees of 50 percent seats in private medical college. Our concern is what about remaining seats? The other issue is, only 5 new members have been elected by the government. This number is too less, our demand is that the government should increase the number.”
The medical fraternity has welcomed the move, but the cabinet decision to consider final year MBBS as an exit exam has not gone will with the medical students. The medical students have opposed the cabinet decision.