What is NMC : National Medical Bill?
The NMC Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha for discussion by Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan and voted earlier this week. This Bill was deliberated during its second iteration on July 22, 2019. NMC bill was first introduced in 2017 in the Parliament. It proposed to replace the Medical Council Act, 1956, but was terminated with the dissolution of Lok Sabha.
The NMC formed now, will consist of 29 members from which 20 members will be selected through nomination and 9 through election.
What Provisions does the new bill propose?
- The NMC will conduct entrance exams, such as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
- NEXT (National Exit Test): National standards in medical education are planned to be made uniform by proposing the final year MBBS exam as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduated in medicine from foreign countries.
- The Bill also puts a cap on fees on 50% of seats in MBBS and PG colleges.
- The NMC will conduct entrance exams, such as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
- A number of practitioners of alternative medicine will be permitted to pursue allopathy as community health providers after taking “the Bridge course”.
- As the MCI (Medical Council of India) was dissolving, a seven-member Board of Governors (BoG) was appointed last September to run the scam-tainted medical education regulator.
The turmoil caused among doctors due to the NMC:
The “Bridge course” were strongly condemned 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 argued that the provision seels to address the acute shortage of doctors in rural areas.
The count of community health providers cannot exceed one third of the registered doctors, said the committee.
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