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Replacing MCI: National Medical Commission Bill to be re-introduced in the coming session of Lok Sabha

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Replacing MCI: National Medical Commission Bill to be re-introduced in the coming session of Lok Sabha

New Delhi: The very first session of Lok Sabha under Modi Government 2.0 will see the re-introduction of the National Medical Commission Bill to replace the scam-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI)

In the first session of the new Lok Sabha starting June 17, the Union government plans to reintroduce a key bill which aims to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which was introduced in December 2017, lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.

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Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that following the same, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal for promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 to allow the Board of Governors (BOG) to run the scam-tainted apex body for regulating medical education.

With the formation of a new government after the general elections, the Union health ministry would have to again initiate the legislative process, and for that a fresh draft bill would be put before the Cabinet soon, official sources said.

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“The draft NMC Bill is currently awaiting approval from the Law Ministry,” an official said.

After its introduction in the Lower House of parliament in 2017, the bill, which aimed at replacing 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 parliamentary panel gave its recommendations in March, 2018 following which the health ministry omitted the contentious provision and also made some others changes as suggested by the committee before moving the official amendments in the Lok Sabha.

“The official amendments were approved by the Cabinet and moved to the Lok Sabha separately. Now the NMC bill has been redrafted and the amendments as suggested by the parliamentary panel have been incorporated. The draft bill would be sent to the Cabinet soon,” the official said.

Meanwhile, as the term of the elected body of the Medical Council of India was coming to an end, the Centre dissolved the apex body and issued an ordinance in September last year, appointing a seven-member Board of Governors (BoG) to run the scam-tainted medical education regulator.

The health ministry will now move a bill to replace the ordinance so that the BoG can continue to function, the official said.

Some of the provisions of the NMC Bill, including the ‘bridge course’ were strongly opposed by health bodies, including the Indian Medical Association (IMA), 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 health ministry scraped the provision of the ‘bridge course’ following protests.

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

The maximum limit of 40 per cent seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities the fee for which would be regulated was increased to 50 per cent. Further, it was clarified that the fee would also include all other charges taken by the colleges.

The amendments also stated that the final MBBS examination would be held as a common exam across the country and would serve as an exit test called the National Exit Test (NEXT).

Thus, the students would not have to appear in a separate exam after MBBS to get license to practice. NEXT would also serve as the screening test for doctors with foreign medical qualifications in order to practice in India, the health ministry had earlier said.

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Source: with agency inputs
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  1. It is very good decision for Ayush doctor for bridge course for allowing to practice modern medicine because as per WHO report 10 k patients r on hand only 1 qualified doctor. By this decision jhola chap doctor will be in difficulty. There is huge and acute shortage of doctor in all over India so it must be passed by our prime minister for Ayush doctor to allow practice allopathy.

  2. You want to say that Ayush Doctors are just superior to jhola chhap Doctors to whome govt should provide licence to practice modern medicine…
    There\’s also shortage of specialists in the country,so according to this law,all allopathic MBBS Doctors should be converted into specialist doctors..
    And this should be applied to the other departments also…
    Shortage of Doctors in the country is failure of the govt…

  3. I think if bridge course is allowed to do allopathy practice, then there should be a disease restriction of treatment; beyond which those bridge course doctors should not go and should not treat complicated diseases. Again, govt should make a rule to display degree & regn of all allopathy and bridge course doctors.

  4. it will produce more problems as this will lead to produce more serious patients – more critical so more chances of assaults on doctors as facilities will be same – I hope all you know our readiness of emergency, casualties and urgent services Donot Hype them – Even Ambu Bag etc not available = Drama

  5. Why Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley not go to Ayush doctors, Recommend Modiji to send these people to Bridge doctors…Wishing Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley a long life!!!!!!

  6. By allowing bridge courses,we will reduce the population of india and for each patient who dies because of QUACKERY we should hang people responsible for the murder of patients,including the persons who make this ridiculous bill.This will further reduce the population of India.

  7. There is not much shortage of UG physicians in India, real issue is shortage of specialists and super specialists in taluk level, smaller towns and peripheries.
    There is a big mismatch between number of UG and PG seats.
    National medical commission should plan to increase PG seats.
    Also except for six English speaking countries PG qualifications of Other countries like France, Germany, Singapore etc are not recognized.
    Big number of foreign qualified Indian national doctors want to return here. But their PG qualification not recognized. Government should recognize foreign PG degree of all overseas countries. They can do with a qualifying exam.
    We accept all the medical equipment including robots from these countries why not the qualifications.

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    Dr arul sharma June 12, 2019, 1:04 pm

    Indian specialist are not getting jobs, there is no need to allow foreigners to enter the system by backdoor. Most countries don\’t accept Indian degree I don\’t see why we should let others enter the system.

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