The clearance of National Medical Commission Bill was first appealed in the Lok Sabha by J P Nadda, Health, and Family Welfare Minister, in the year 2017. Eventually, it was expired due to the formal dismissal of Lok Sabha. Now, once again its approval has been proposed in front of the Union Cabinet. Its main objective is to renovate the Indian Medical Education System and replace the Medical Council of India.
Before the passage of this bill, the Medical Council of India was assigned to successfully carry out the works related to the registration of doctors, medical institutes and medical education. The bill will mainly focus on the framing of guidelines determining the regulation of fees for about 40 to 50 percent of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities.
Important/Salient features of National Medical Commission of India:
1. Formation of four autonomous boards: Under the supervision of Cabinet Secretary, Four autonomous boards will be made to look after the medical education of the Undergraduates as well as Post Graduate students. It will be providing them admission in recognised medical institutions as well as make the arrangement of registration for aspiring doctors.
2. Only NEET will be compulsory for admission: The students will have to give only The NEET (National-Eligibility-cum Entrance Test) Examination after their graduation to fulfill the eligibility criteria to get medical practice license. Moreover, they can also pursue their post-graduation degree in medical studies either in India or Abroad.
3. Making of a Medical Advisory Council: With the making of a Medical Advisory Council, The Central Government will be able to permit the states to give suggestions as well as discuss their issues related to the medical practice and education.
4. Conduction of National Licentiate Examination: In order to attain a license to carry out medical practices or training, the students or the aspiring doctors will have to give the National Licentiate Examination. This exam will be conducted by the National Medical Commission itself.
5. Determination of fees for Medical Institutions: Out of 100 percent medical seats in India, the fees of 40 percent seats will be determined by the Commission itself. Rest 60 percent of seats will be provided with the fee structure determined by the private medical institutes and deemed universities.
6. Nomination Process of the NMC Members: The Medical Council of India had Officers which were appointed with the help of the election process. While in the case of National Medical Commission, a committee will be constituted by the Central Government in order to assign it the work of Nomination of the NMC Members.
7. The Bridge Course will be proposed: After the doctors that are practising Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Greek Medicine have passed a Bridge Course, they can be eligible for prescribing the Allopathic Drugs as well.
Impacts after the Bill has been passed
The approval of the National Medical Commission Bill will have the following impacts on the Medical Education and practice system of India:
1. Earlier, the determination of the fee of only 15 percent of the total seats was done by the Central Government. While after the bill has been passed, the framing of guidelines related to the regulation of fees for up to 40 to 50 percent of the total seats of the medical aspirants will be done.
2. On the account of the proposal of Bridge Course, the former president of IMA, Mr. KK Aggarwal has announced that along with homeopathy, alternative medical medicine, Ayurveda, etc., the doctors can also practice the modern medicine, that is, Allopathy. Though the MBBS qualification will at least be necessary for such combined practices.
3. After this law has been implemented, the aspiring doctors will have to give only the examination of NEET (National-Eligibility-cum Entrance Test) to make themselves eligible for getting the license of doing the medical practice. On the basis of this examination only, the conduction of post-graduation admissions will take place.
The passage of the National Medical Commission Bill will totally revamp the Indian Medical Education System. It will accomplish this task in many different ways that have been mentioned above in a detailed manner. Through this article, you will be well acquainted with the information about the clearance of National Medical Commission Bill in the Lok Sabha.