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Health Minister confirms limited practice license to Mid-level Healthcare practitioners under National Medical Commission

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New Delhi: Through a written reply in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare confirmed about the power of impending National Medical Commission to grant limited licence to practice medicine at mid-level as Community Health Providers to such persons connected with modern scientific medical profession.

The minister, Shri Ashwani Kumar Choubey, was responding to a question raised by MP Dharmapuri Shrinivas on the modifications of the provisions of the NMC Act. The MP questioned that whether Government has taken note that some of the provisions in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act are detrimental to the patients as the Act provides eligibility to the unqualified persons to practice medicine with pursuing simply a five months bridge course, and so needs to be reconsidered, asking for details

Responding to the question, MOS health stated that there is no provision in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019 which provides for eligibility to unqualified persons to practice medicine after pursuing five months bridge course. Practicing of medicine by unqualified persons has been prohibited in the NMC Act.

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“Section 34 of the NMC Act, 2019 prohibits persons other than a medical practitioner enrolled in the State Register or the National Register to practice medicine. Contravention of the said provision shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to five lakh rupees or with both.”

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On question being raised on the issue of strengthening public health, the minister further added that section 32 of the NMC Act, 2019 prescribes that the Commission may grant limited licence to practice medicine at mid-level as Community Health Providers to such persons connected with modern scientific medical profession. The qualifying criteria for Community Health Providers, extent of practicing medicine, circumstances and period shall be specified by the Commission in the regulations. Creation of the cadre of Community Health Providers will help in strengthening the preventive and promotive healthcare in the country.

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  1. Due to this govt will create health India , why MBBS students should do intership 6 months better give bridge course to them , fmge students huge are there allow them fit for brige course , bds students are allow them , MBBS students allow them brige course, if you give small permission in villages who is seeing hundred percent they will do

  2. BDS to MBBS bridge course is essential(3years).Why mid level healthcare
    Practitioners?

  3. Medical profession is a joke….proper qualified doctors will also recieve a black mark due to this…..
    Anyways let the population come down…..let deaths and diseases increase…

  4. What a mockery of medical profession. The whole health system has gone into the hands few illiterate so called elected representatives to the parliament and they literally finishing the medical profession. The moment this rule is passed you will find hundreds of quacks practicing all over India. All people who wish to join MBBS should join this bridge course and start practising medicine. It will be a waste of time energy if you do regular MBBS. It\’s high time medical professionals should get active and create a lobby to prevent such decisions

  5. Who will prevent??
    In India politicians are last word.even doctor s are divided in Chaddi maku seku grassroots
    As a result medical profession will destroy in times