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NEXT to become Reality: National Medical Commission Bill gets Lok Sabha Nod

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New Delhi: After a day long of protests, both inside and outside the parliament, the National Medical Commission (NMC) finally got a Lok Sabha nod with a 260-48 votes majority.

With this, the lower house of the parliament has finally given its nod to the NMC Bill for replacing the corruption-plagued MCI with a new body, in what has been described by the government as one of the biggest reforms that will end ‘inspector raj’ in the medical education sector.

As the Union Health Minister, Dr Harshvardhan introduced the National Medical Commission Bill calling for MCI replacement, medical practitioners were seen taking to streets outside the parliament, expressing their strong opposition against the bill.

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Piloting the Bill, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said this was a progressive legislation and help addressing the challenges in the medical sector.

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“This will go down in history as the biggest reform in the field of medical education,” stated the minister, while introducing the bill

The Bill promotes equitable and universal healthcare that encourages community health perspective and makes services of medical professionals accessible to all citizens, Dr Vardhan said

A motion for consideration of the bill was passed by 260-48 votes after a division of votes was sought. The bill was then passed by a voice vote.  

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that during the day,  Medical Fraternity while being divided remained on the streets  Doctors under the Aegis of the Indian Medical Association and AIIMS RDA were seen opposing the bill. The protest march which was first seen taking place outside AIIMS was soon moved to Nirman Bhawan with doctors shouting the slogans ” NMC Wapas Lo”

The association said that the government failed to address concerns raised by the medical fraternity. The Bill, if passed in its present form, will only legalise quackery by empowering the community health providers to practice medicine, endangering the lives of people, it has alleged. It claimed that under the new legislation medical education in the country will become expensive, placing the lower socio-economic groups in great disadvantage.

During the day,  some of the protestors were detained by the police but were later let off

The Lower house also saw a series of debates and the Opposition members objected to provisions like exit exam and replacing elected members with nominated members in the proposed commission. They alleged that the legislation was against the spirit of federalism.

It is like “throwing the baby with the bathwater… the cure seems to be worst than the disease,” Congress’    Manish Tewari said during the debate and claimed the bill would end up legalising capitation fee.

However, Vardhan allayed the apprehensions saying genuine concerns over the Bill have been addressed. He said the legislation is “anti-vested interests”, will help end ‘inspector raj’ and increase the number of seats in medical colleges.

“NMC will be lean and effective,” Vardhan said.

Speaking about NEXT the minister informed that the bill has a provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries.

This exam, called the National Exit Test (NEXT), would ensure that the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) moves away from a system of repeated inspections of infrastructure and to focus on outcomes rather than processes, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.

He termed the legislation as “pro-poor” saying it would bring not only government seats but also 50 per cent of all private seats within the reach of meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections.

The bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 in the wake of allegations of corruption against the 63- year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) and shortcomings in the process by which it regulated medical colleges.

The Minister of Health and Family Welfare sought to assure the members that genuine concerns of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has been protesting against the Bill, have been addressed.

Vardhan said by bringing the bill the basic intention of the government is ensure and restore utmost standard of integrity of medical education.

He noted that NMC bill 2019 is an improved version of the one brought in 2017.

“Once the NMC Bill is passed by both houses of Parliament, exit examination will be implemented in the next three years,” the Minister said.

On issues related to federalism, Vardhan said, “No medical college will be set up without the state government’s permission.”

The Minister also added that the government of India will have no role in the day-to-day running of the medical colleges.

“Yearly inspections have been done away with. This is expected to do away with inspection raj and foster addition of UG and PG seats in the country,” he added.

Vardhan said the Bill seeks to put in place a new structure to tackle challenges in the medical education sector and is a pro-poor.

“When history will be written… it (bill) will go down as one of the biggest reforms,” he noted.

A motion for consideration of the bill was passed by 260-48 votes after a division of votes was sought.



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Source: with inputs

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    DEEPAK SENGUPTA August 2, 2019, 8:16 am

    Dear Sir,
    NMC bill is another attempt by the govt. to control. Control what ? corruption ? Good intention but who will bring the things to order? Days are very bad ! There is acute scarcity of honest people in this country ,even long after the country got rid of foreign rule. First priority should be, efforts by the Govt. to build a nation of honest citizens.

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    gourisankarsarangi August 1, 2019, 2:03 pm

    Life is precious for poor as wellas rich person. By creating six month training you can produce quacks not doctors. Will the politiciians who have passed the bill will agree to be treated by six months trained doctors.Why such a double stanard for the poor.

  3. Yes ,even the politicians children will get the polio vaccine oral drops, or in case of dehydration an iv drip of electrolytes , would get vaccinated or would get anti tuberculosis drugs in sag DOTS program.

  4. It\’s a good news for everyone one those woh are in n rural or urban maximum doctor not willing to go rural service because of in our India 70 percentage people living in rural we have to think about rural also only doctor ready to do work in urbanization and maximum doctor they are thinking like we r the god anything is happen for simple and minor illness will consultation and other diagnostic charges everyone want to give from Percentage from diagnostic, medical,pharma company they will give bumper offer for everyone doctor they have give the target now a days if any doctor want to see the patient they will plan how much blood want to suck or squeeze the blood cooming days doctor only want to roll the India no one involved in the our matter because of we are only god\’s careful and wake up

  5. Part of your statement is true in that, there is paucity of doctors in Rural area. But, does it mean that doctors can be created by just 6 months of training. It is like Compounder in a Clinic. Should we send such poorly trained Compounders for treatment to Rural Population. It is like giving rotten food to people because they are starving.
    Secondly, as far as corruption and malpractices are concerned, they will be done by these doctors. Also, cheaper treatment doesn\’t means low quality treatment.

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    Dr. S. K . Mathur July 30, 2019, 9:54 pm

    It is very good decision by government for Ayush doctor for practice modern medicine after bridge course modern pharmacology. There is a huge shortage of qualified doctor in India. So this decision will be beneficial.

  7. Bridge Course has not been mentioned in this Bill

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    S.SRINIVASAMURTHY July 30, 2019, 7:28 pm

    no use for my words