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National Medical Commission Bill: New Amendment calls for scrapping NEET PG, Common Final year MBBS Exit exam

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National Medical Commission Bill: New Amendment calls for scrapping NEET PG, Common Final year MBBS Exit exam

The students would also not be required to appear in a separate exam after MBBS to obtain a license to practice as per the amendments to National Medical commission Bill.

NEW DELHI: In a relief to medical students wanting to pursue post-graduate courses, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to do away with NEET-PG and instead the final MBBS examination would be enough for admission to MD and MS programmes.

The amendment has been incorporated in the revised draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which would be sent to the Cabinet soon, official sources told PTI.

According to them, the changes have been incorporated in the bill on the directions of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“According to the amendments made in the fresh NMC Bill, entry into the PG programmes will be on the basis of the results of the National Exit Test (NEXT), which would be held as a common exam across the country. So the candidates would not have to appear in a separate exam after clearing the MBBS final exam for admission to PG courses,” the source explained.

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The students would also not be required to appear in a separate exam after MBBS to obtain a license to practice.

However, for admission to PG programmes at AIIMS, clearing a separate exam will remain mandatory. Also, the NEET Super Speciality, which is a national-level entrance exam for admission in DM/MCh courses, will continue, sources said.

Every year 80,000 students take admission into MBBS courses in about 480 medical colleges in the country, while 1.5 lakh students appear for entrance exams for admission to around 50,000 PG seats.

The NMC Bill was introduced in Parliament in December 2017, but it lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.

After its introduction in the lower house in 2017, the Bill, which aims to replace the Medical Council of India Act, 1956 and included the contentious provision of a “bridge course” to allow practitioners of alternative medicines to pursue allopathy, was referred to a Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee following massive protests from the medical fraternity.

The first version of the Bill also proposed a national-level licentiate exam for all MBBS graduates for getting licence to practice in India.

But it was removed following strong protests by several doctor bodies.

The provision of the ‘bridge course’ was also strongly opposed by health bodies, including the Indian Medical Association, which claimed that allowing AYUSH doctors to practice modern medicine would promote “quackery”, although the ministry had argued that the provision seeks to address the “acute shortage” of doctors in the country.

The parliamentary panel gave its recommendations in March 2018, following which the Health Ministry scrapped the provision of ‘bridge course and also made some other changes as suggested by the committee before moving the official amendments in the Lok Sabha.

“It has been left to state governments to take necessary measures for addressing and promoting primary healthcare in rural areas,” the amendment stated and also made the punishment for unauthorised practice of medicine more severe with imprisonment of up to one year along with a fine of up to 5 lakh.

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Source: PTI
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  1. it is better to make one stretch MBBS and MD ( 7 year total ) to avoid 2 times extreme fees and bribes. These Medical students to be next real serving doctors instead they sell the human body parts to recover their medical tuition fees in the medical colleges own by politician and other berocrates. Medical students already tensed with high fees and the medical college ragging problems and no one there to council apart from pay high fees and pay for PG and MBBS. the system to be changed and consider the students plead also oterwise no student opt for medicine in india in future.

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    K S Gowtham Varma July 19, 2019, 5:02 pm

    What about already graduated MBBS students preparing for next NEET PG entrance exam?

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    Dr NRI superspecialist July 18, 2019, 8:07 pm

    BOG proposal to introduce DNB exam for foreign educated postgraduates of India should be implemented as soon as possible. We are eagerly awaiting this marvellous suggestion of BOG .

  4. admission in MD/MS courses on the basis of marks of national level one EXIT exam after MBBS. This is very very good and proper decision Govt of India is going to take. But one decision has to be take at the present time and that is to removed SC/ST/OBC/ service quota all type of reservation.Because ,after doing MBBS by SC/ST quota this student reach at the upper class of the society, now after MBBS giving the SC/ST quota for admission in MD/MS course is unethical and unfair, it promote the non meritorious pg qualified doctors(NON MERIT PG DOC)

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    Dr. Surajit Bhattacharya July 16, 2019, 12:18 pm

    The idea of having the marks obtained in MBBS examination as the criteria of admission for MD / MS courses is flawed because of the following reasons:
    1. Every university has its own standards to maintain and so there is no uniformity across the country when it comes to teaching standards, evaluation standards and training standards.
    2. In order to have more students in the merit list for admission to MD / MS universities, particularly the deemed and private ones, will become very liberal with their marking and students from good universities will suffer.
    3. A student can have one bad day during his MBBS examination and his life will be ruined for ever. This is unfair as he will fall down in the merit ladder. In a NEET PG examination if he has a bad day this year he can always appear next year.
    4. NEET PG is a centralized examination with less chances of corruption. MBBS will be a very decentralized examination with more chances of corruption, now that the stakes are so high. Marks will be sold and those with money bags will be able to purchase higher marks. Politicians, business men and goons will have their way, particularly if they are owners of these Medical Colleges.
    5. Once again though we are changing the criteria of admission we are making no effort to evaluate the aptitude of the students for research and higher education. We seem to be in a hurry to create more specialists when the urgent need is of basic doctors. If we chose basic doctors at this stage and train them to become good family physicians, we will be doing yeomen service to the Nation and many young fellows have perfect aptitude for this purpose.

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