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MD-DNB equivalence: Cabinet approves Amendments to the National Medical Commission Bill 2019, Details

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MD-DNB equivalence: Cabinet approves Amendments to the National Medical Commission Bill 2019, Details

Under the new Act, DNB degrees from 500 bedded plus hospitals will be equivalent to their MD/MS/DM/Mch counterpart “for the purposes of teaching also”.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the amendments/changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The original version of the Bill was approved by the Cabinet on 17th July 2019 and was passed in both Houses of the Parliament on 29th July 2019 and 1st August 2019 respectively, with official amendments.

The amendments, in particular, made changes and increments in the composition of the National Medical Commission which will be the apex body for the medical fraternity. Moreover, bringing joy to DNB candidates across the country, one of the amendments clearly establishes that under the new Act, DNB degrees from 500 bedded plus hospitals will be equivalent to their MD/MS/DM/Mch counterpart “for the purposes of teaching also”.

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Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that following a series of debates and objections to several clauses, the upper house of the parliament had given its nod to the National Medical Commission Bill (NMC Bill) calling for MCI replacement, albeit with certain amendments

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The bill was passed after the se-by-clause vote was taken on the NMC Bill in Rajya Sabha. Many amendments had been proposed and accepted during the house session

The following changes have been made in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 passed by the Parliament from the version that was approved by the Cabinet on 17th July 2019 and the Cabinet was apprised of these changes:

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CHANGE- Clause 4(1)(c) –Twenty-two part-time Members instead of fourteen members

Clause 4(1)(c) talks about the basic composition of the National Medical Commission. As per the original Bill,the Commission shall consist of the following persons to be appointed by the Central Government, namely the Chairperson; ex officio Members; part-time Members;

Now, with the amendment, the strength of the part-time members has been increased from 14 to 22.

CHANGE-Clause 4(4)(b) – ten members instead of six members

Clause 4(4) of the bill deals with the constitution of the part-time Members

Clause 4(4) (b) earlier stated that 6 Members to be appointed on rotational basis from amongst the nominees of the States and Union territories in the Medical Advisory Council for a term of two years in such manner as may be prescribed. This number, which effectively are the state nominees, has now been increased to 10 state nominees

Clause 4(4)(c) – nine members instead of five members

Clause 4 (4)(c) deals with the Members to be appointed from amongst the nominees of the States and Union territories, under clause (e) of sub-section (2) of section 11, in the medical Advisory Council for a term of two years in such manner as may be prescribed

This number which was earlier 5 has now been increased t0 9

Clause 37(2) – added at the end “for the purposes of teaching also”.

This clause effectively deals with the qualifications of the Diplomate National Board (DNB). Perhaps the most important amendment from the point of view of the medical fraternity, the amendment specifically gives recognition to the certain DNB degree as equivalent to their MD/MS/DM/Mch counterpart “for the purposes of teaching also”.

The amended qualification reads

The Diplomate of National Board in broad-speciality qualifications and super speciality qualifications when granted in a medical institution with attached hospital or in a hospital with the strength of five hundred or more beds, by the National Board of Examinations, shall be equivalent in all respects to the corresponding postgraduate qualification and the super-speciality qualification granted under this Act, but in all other cases, senior residency in a medical college for an additional period of one year shall be required for such qualification to be equivalent for the purposes of teaching also

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    Dr. Ashutosh Kumar August 30, 2019, 9:35 am

    DUH! What\’s new?

    You can never expect Politicians give Complete equivalence t9 DNB in teaching institutions, because if they do, Exclusivity and special status of Medical.colleges will get compromised. Why will someone pay crores of rupees, and 5-10 lalks per year fee to get PG in Medical college, when DNB fees are just 70,000 rupees. Almost all Provate medical colleges are owned by same.politicians.

  2. The mafia opposes it. when the DNB was set up total equivalence was suggested. So why this issue drags on. If a Hospital has 490 beds then DNB is not equivalent!?

  3. People will MS like me are already begging on the street, this biased move towards DNB will worsen the already difficult job market. As with previous Congress Government most government appointments are made on corruption basis this move will not help anybody get a government job also.

  4. You mean DNB students should not get job

  5. It is a good move but during recruitment of assistant professor dnb graduates are discriminated during interview. There must be a standardized method of selection of assistant professor which should include competitive exam.

  6. True, competent candidates can be from every segment of our medical fraternity, not necessarily from MD/ MS . A subjective MCQ based competitive examination for everybody who fulfils the eligibility criteria should be conducted and let the better one win.

  7. NEETPG is that criteria.

  8. India should have tertiary care hospitals at every 2-3 districts, with increasing population and life expectancy going up , the burden of chronic non infectious diseases like cancer and diabetes is increasing . In fields like oncology , hematology , radiotherapy the need is urgent as many Indians are just dying due to lack of specialised care available I say even tier 2 towns . Not everybody can afford a costly treatment at our corporate hospitals in metro cities.

    So rightly said by by one of the comments here we should increase number of specialists not only by indegeneous production but also by adoption .

    By increasing the DNB seats , equating DNB with MD , by allowing foreign postgraduates to sit at DNB examinations and thus getting their foreign postgraduate degrees equated to DNB are some of the proposals by present health ministry ,BOG-MCI – a very positive step.

    Now NMC is people friendly ( and not friendly to a particular group of doctors, who minted money due to scarce doctor: patient ratio.). To date in the name of maintaining medical standards DNB, FMG , Diploma holders were discriminated, and the ultimate loss was to Indian citizen who travelled long distances to costly corporate hospitals. Because others were not allowed for specialised care even though had the expertise.

  9. I think u r mixing the two… getting specialist for the job and teaching , they do overlap but are not same. U rightly pointed out that we need specialist and DNB very well fulfills the need. But personally I feel for teaching also one requires experience under able guidance of seniors, js as in becoming specialist.

  10. Well said Dr Ram

  11. With more and more medical colleges the country needs specialists and superspeciality doctors. In fields like Hematology our country produces only 10-15 Hematologists per year, here comes the need to allow urgently foreign educated specialists doctors( after accessing their knowledge by making them sit at say DNB examinations.

    We should increase number of specialists by production of specialists and also by adoption , at least in short term unless we by ourselves would produce our specialists in sufficient numbers.


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