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NMC Bill: IMA Releases Point by Point Rebuttal to Health Ministry FAQs, details here

NMC Bill: IMA Releases Point by Point Rebuttal to Health Ministry FAQs, details here

New Delhi: Answering point by point to the Health Ministry on its recent Clarifications in the form of FAQs on the issue of National Medical Commission Bill 2017, the Indian Medical Association has now released a point by point response to the said clarifications in the bill.

Sternly opposing the clauses on the Ayush Bridge course, National Licentiate Exam, Limited number of elected members in the bill as well as lack of adequate representation to the states, the IMA termed the bill as Anti -poor, pro-rich, undemocratic, non representative, quixotic and anti-student.

” Inspite of the process of consultation of PSC with all stakeholders is going on the ministry of health has put up FAQs on its website on NMC. This are not only misleading half truths but against the spirit of democratic working of PSC. In this regard, IMA has come out with its meticulous observations on this FAQs so as to clear the unnecessary confusion ministry is trying to create. ” Dr Ravi Wankhedkar , National President, IMA told Medical Dialogues team

Major Objections 

Clearly opposing the justification issued by the ministry on the AYUSH bridge course, the Association stated

The provision for a ‘Bridge course’ in the proposed bill is nothing short of providing a ‘Backdoor entry’ to AYUSH and Homeopathy practitioners into Medical Profession which apart from generating a ‘mixed pathy’ would also severely endanger the pure practice of Ayurveda and Homeopathy which the Government proclaims of patronizing in a big way. This by itself is also an antithesis to the entire policy declaration and objectives structured for evoking a separate Department of AYUSH as a whole. It was also be a large public danger since persons without knowledge and experience will start treating patients in another system of medicine.

The association also rebuffed the enabling of AYUSH practitioners to practice in rural areas

Any compromised, half-baked, ill prepared health practitioner through an impermissible modality in the name of providing manpower to the rural healthcare delivery would amount to generating compromised health personnel for the rural healthcare and thereby treating them as ‘second grade citizens’ and putting them to blatant discrimination and differentiation, which is constitutionally impermissible. It is very strange that instead of giving incentive to the medical professionals to serve in the rural areas, the bill will proposes to allowing unqualified persons to treat patients and risk their lives.

Responding to the justification to the Licentiate Exam given by the ministry, the IMA response stated,

” Introduction of a Licentiate Examination is an antithesis to the very objective of the proposed bill of augmenting the availability of trained health manpower for the rural healthcare delivery system. In reality those well over 50% of the medical graduates in a roundabout manner failing to clear the said licentiate examination would be unavailable for any health care delivery and thus would be rendered ineligible to practice medicine. The nature of impact of the said examination could be more significant on the learners and graduates belonging to the marginalized and economically weaker sections as they would be devoid of even their livelihood. This would also undermine the sanctity of certifying standards of the various examinations conducting universities and questioning their certifying standards as a whole.”

The association, on the other hand, favoured the idea of a common final year exam, rather than a separate exit exam. ” The final MBBS examination itself being converted into a licentiate examination is a welcome step. The same would be in tune with the objectives of the bill to augment the availability of the trained manpower for the healthcare delivery system.” the association stated

Opposing the nominated nature rather than elected nature of the proposed NMC as well as lack of adequate representation from all states, the Association stated

” The main concern is that proposed NMC Bill will not be a representative body. It will neither have a national character in terms of nationwide representation, nor a representative character in terms of being a judicious mix of elected and nominated members….. ” the rebuttal stated on the issue of lack of adequate representation from the medical fraternity as well as the states. ”

…A person unknown to the technical functioning of the medical profession or medical education can never understand the pros and cons faced by the persons of the fraternity nor can such person be competent to give suggestions without understanding the nitty-gritty of the system…,”

The association has clearly demanded that  In order to ensure that there is greater autonomy the member secretary of the Commission for has to be appointed by the Commission and must belong to the stream of modern medicine. The association also opposed the retrenchment of the current MCI staff, calling the proposed move not only ‘inhuman, barbaric’ but also bad in law.

On the issue of retention of the parallel PG program of DNB in the Proposed NMC, IMA called the proposed move questionable.

Retention of the parallel PG degree in the form of DNB is questionable because the parity thereto itself is disputable on several academic and administrative considerations. The courses being mostly run in non-teaching hospitals which are devoid of full time faculty, handy clinical material , structured teaching schedule, required academic monitoring and planned skill inculcation. This results in compromised teaching and learning and therefore ending up in generation of compromised specialists and a resultant compulsive compromise with the resultant health care delivery system catering to the cause of people in the country.

On the issue of only 40% seats being regulated in terms of fees, the response stated

The provision for regulation of fees for seats upto 40% means anything from 0 to 40%, whereby at any given point of time 60% of the seats in private medical college would be outside the said ambit of prescription and the largest chunk could be freely available for the private managements to have a free field. As such, the said discretionary provision is pro–rich and anti poor. Moreover fees of all 100% seats in a private medical colleges are fixed by the respective state Governments

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    Ramesh Chandra Gupta February 17, 2018, 5:53 pm

    If the proposed bridge course for AYUSH people is so good, why should they practice in rural areas only? Give them Govt. jobs, post them in Delhi and state capitals, and make it compulsory for MPs, MLAs and ministers to get themselves and their families treated by the bridge course graduates.

  2. They will not treat per se , will give on the counter drugs to villagers or some basic drugs and refer patients to higher refrerral centres. Also government programs like National revised tuberculosis program, or national leprosy program , or DOTS99 programs where you monitor whether TB drugs are taken or not would need these medical graduates.

  3. Mere training or fellowship is not acceptable qualification as per m c I . Mere bridge course to practice is illegal ,unethical,dangerous to public health. YOU Ayush fellows stick on to you system or else go home and sleep ? don’t blame IM A or MC I .indian doctors are recognised all over the world ?

  4. IMA seems to be opposing for the sake of opposing only.There is no strength at all in its logic . It has even criticised nurses & dentists ? With out nurses all doctors are paralysed.IMA should at least pay respect to people working in allopathy stream.It is not that the NMC bill is free from flaws.But the way IMA is heading,it will bring a bad reputation for all doctors.Indian intelligentia is perceiving IMA stand as self motivated & negative . IMA should have the basic knowledge that no one on this earth can stop any one from learning any thing. When IMA is raising any issue,it should keep in mind the Indian ground reality & perception of people. The wrong step of IMA will certainly isolate the medical community & Doctors will lose the respect of masses.

  5. It is the truth that every one – IMA,MCI – are only concern about their self interest.In our country students have to pay from their pocket huge amount for education – BSc,MSc,Mass Communication,hotel management,MBA,B Ed,Fashion Designing etc.Even poor people have to pay from their pockets for learning tailoring,carpentering,driving etc.Our country spends huge amount of money for opening medical colleges.Hence all medical courses let it be allopathy or AYUSH,or nursing etc,every thing should be self finance with adequate bank loan facilities.In this way govt can save a lot of fund which govt can spend towards good salary to doctors & their accomodation & perks.Once a student gets his degree,he is no way in the control of govt & govt becomes helpless.Govt should also spend more towards preventive healthcare like pollution control,hygiene & sanitation,clean water,afforestation,sports centers,etc.A lot of health hazards like malaria,dengue,cholera,malnutrition,TB,liver cirrhosis,gastroenteritis,bronchial diseases can be very well checked to bare minimum with good initiatives & need for hospitals & doctors can be minimised.In preventive health care cost is very less as compared to afterwards treatment.So far as the NMC bill is concern,it has many merits & demerits.IMA & MCI should consult the govt & give constructive support & suggestions & should avoid confrontation.If IMA goes for confrontation,it will remain a big loser as it will not get the support of common people.No movement will be successful with out the support of common people.IMA must realise its limitations.IMA should go for a win win situation.

  6. Respected Dignitaries,An imp message from Dr Indira rtd Addl Director of med edu AP -BEWARE OF UNTOWARD CONSEQUENCES OF BRIDGE COURSE- Alternate therapists are likely to mix up modern medicine plus Alternate therapies for chronic ailments.-Follow up Biochemical tests are likely to give false interpretations leading to progress of underlying disorder &its complications ex-Type2 DM progress can end in MI&stroke &renal damage -NO BRIDGE COURSE CAN REPLASE MBBS-Task Force implementaion of Rural Health programmes by MBBS DOCTORS IS AN IDEAL PLAN