Frame One time scheme for Clinical Training of pandemic hit Foreign MBBS medicos: SC tells NMC
New Delhi: In a major relief to the Foreign Medical Graduates from China who could not complete their Clinical Training due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has recently directed the National Medical Commission to frame a scheme for such students within two months so that they get to finish their clinical training in India.The top court bench comprising...
New Delhi: In a major relief to the Foreign Medical Graduates from China who could not complete their Clinical Training due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has recently directed the National Medical Commission to frame a scheme for such students within two months so that they get to finish their clinical training in India.
The top court bench comprising of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian directed NMC, "i) to frame a scheme as a one time measure within two months to allow the student and such similarly situated students who have not actually completed clinical training to undergo clinical training in India in the medical colleges which may be identified by the appellant for a limited duration as may be specified by the appellant, on such charges which the appellant determines.
While making such observations, the bench also emphasized on the importance of clinical training and noted, "..without practical training, there cannot be any Doctor who is expected to take care of the citizens of the country."
The Apex Court was considering a plea moved by NMC against the Madras HC order dated 29.7.2021 and 20.9.2021. In those orders, the HC had quashed the circulars issued by Tamil Nadu Medical Council (TNMC) in which the council had directed a Foreign Medical Graduate to undergo two months of Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship, followed by one year of internship before granting permanent registration under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, which has now been repealed by NMC Act, 2019.
The student concerned had taken admission in the medical institute in China. Many such similarly placed students contended that they had undergone nine semesters of their academic course including clinical training on the campus. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the clinical training for the subjects of Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology and Nuclear Medicine in the 10th Semester was done online and that they have been granted degree of Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) after qualifying in all the subjects as per the teaching plan till May, 2020 by the Foreign Institute.
She contended that since she had been declared qualified by the Foreign Institute, the only requirement before provisional registration is qualifying in the Screening Test in terms of the Screening Test Regulations, 2002. Therefore, considering the fact that she cleared the screening test, the decision of the TNMC in not granting provisional registration was not justified under the law, contended the student.
After due consideration of the case, the Madras HC bench had quashed the circulars issued by TNMC and had also directed the Medical Council to consider the applications of such students for issuing certificate of provisional registration.In another order, the HC bench clarified the directions and had mentioned that the candidates after getting the provisional registration, shall be allowed to under go CRRI programme. "..the petitioners will undergo the internship for a period of 14 months and the additional 2 months shall be utilized for providing practical and clinical training in the initial phase of their internship and thereafter, the regular internship shall follow for a period of 12 months (1 year)," the HC had directed in the order.
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