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MCI replacement may have Elected Members, GoM to meet on Tuesday

MCI replacement may have Elected Members, GoM to meet on Tuesday

New Delhi: A group of ministers (GoM) constituted under Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to look into issues relating to the draft National Medical Commission Bill, 2016, will be meeting for the second time on June 13. One of the important points coming up for discussion would be the formation of the Commission that has been proposed as a replacement of the Medical Council of India.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that strong objections were raised from various sections of the Medical Community, which had opposed the limited representation of the medical fraternity in the impending commission. Moreover, objections were raised against the fact that the proposed commission had dominance of nominated members rather than elected members.

Read more at Medical Dialogues: MCI Replacement : IMA on board, NMC Bill to be tabled in coming Parliament Session, informs Nadda 

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The first draft of the bill proposed that the commission will be a body comprising a chairperson, nine ex-officio members and 10 part-time members who would be selected on merit by a high-powered search-cum-selection panel and would not be elected.

A recent report in TOI states that the government is likely to amend the draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill-2016 to make way for elected members also in the new commission.

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“The government is likely to accept the demand of several organisations of medical professionals,” said a senior official.

National Medical Commission Bill, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new commission to steer medical education in the country,. In March, the government had formed the GoM to address the concerns over membership issues raised by a few states and doctors. The draft Bill will be placed before the Cabinet after the GoM submits its report, a senior government official said.

Last year, a high-level committee headed by Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya was set up to examine the issue of poor regulation of medical education by MCI and proposed replacing it with a new commission. Besides Panagariya, the panel included Prime Minister’s Additional Principal Secretary P K Mishra, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Union Health Secretary. After approval, the National Medical Commission will become the main regulatory body and take over all roles and responsibilities of MCI.

The new body will have eminent doctors and experts on board to ensure quality is at par with global standards. Last year, a parliamentary committee had called for revamp of MCI, saying it had failed in its role as a regulator which has led to a deterioration in India’s medical education.


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Source: with inputs

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  1. MCI failed miserably in every front. India should have earned billions of dollars by producing enough trained medical professionals (same way it earns in IT industry) and create millions of jobs had it not for the corrupt, inefficient MCI which is always in favor of status quo and afraid to bring any groundbreaking futuristic reform.

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    Dr. Dharmendra Kumar June 14, 2017, 7:49 am

    The best way to represent in NMC/ MCI of Medical fraternity is through state council body. There is need of a full fledged state council body to take care of complaints regarding Medical practitioner. IMA should first elect state council body for this purpose. Principal Secretory health and Nominated member from state council and President of Council of Medical registration can represent state at NMC/MCI.

  3. It reminds me of a famous quote, \”Power are not given but taken\”. Have the medical fraternity in India been responsible enough to deserve such coveted job? Think, as I see, Indian as a whole has been converted into a lawless state, Don\’t, please, single out medical profession alone, entire Indian State has been destabilized. It\’s not an easy job. There are international implications and this malaise of corruption is rampant inherent in every rung of society in India. Need is to stabilize India than looking alone on one section alone. Indian democracy has been misused, abused and made banana republic by those only who has benefitted from such soft rule.

  4. What I understand is that Mr. Ketan Desai is still at large, enjoying life with the booty he acquired from being in the MCI and continuing to be a doctor in Gujarat. (Correct me if I am wrong).

    Why do the politicians want an upper hand in a body that steers the medical education of India? The Judges opposed the formation of a body that would decide on the appointment of the judges of the supreme court, didn\’t they?

    The MCI or anything in its place should have more of expert doctors who knows what medical education is all about. It can have some educationalists, a few honorable politicians, and others who have some idea about medical education. Otherwise the story would be the same.

    The new body also will be a replica of the old one. One corrupt group will be replaced by another corrupt group.
    This is the sad story of our country.
    God save India!!!

  5. People like the corrupt Ketan Desai should be hammered and sent to life imprisonment. Strict laws should be made against referral (cut/commisions) practice of any kind.This ha created a very bad name for medico\’s.
    Laws should be imposed and all jholacchap/quack practitioners, illegal pathology laboratories and radiology centres should be closed with immeidate affect.
    This cannot be done by CMO\’S/DHO\’S. A special task force should be made by the central govt. with police support regarding this.

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    Prabhakarrao yerragunta June 12, 2017, 7:16 pm

    Absolutely correct .Unless laws are amended to the stricter side and all non members of of medically qualified body should be prohibited from practicing as allopathic doctors ,all quacks must be identified arrested and punished,thus body is bound to fail.
    Full time medical practitioners must be represented .