The National Medical Commission Bill
- The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 was introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
- The Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and provide for a medical education system which ensures
- Availability of adequate and high-quality medical professionals
- Adoption of the latest medical research by medical professionals
- Periodic assessment of medical institutions
- An effective grievance redressal mechanism.
Constitution of the National Medical Commission:
- The Bill sets up the National Medical Commission (NMC). Within three years of the passage of the Bill, state governments will establish State Medical Councils at the state level.
- The NMC will consist of 25 members, appointed by the central government.
- Members of the NMC will include: (i) the Chairperson, (ii) the President of the Under Graduate Medical Education Board, (iii) the President of the Post-Graduate Medical Education Board, (iv) the Director General of Health Services, Directorate General of Health Services, (v) the Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, and (vi) five members (part-time) to be elected by the registered medical practitioners from amongst themselves from the prescribed regional constituencies under the Bill.
Functions of the National Medical Commission:
- Framing policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals.
- Assessing the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure.
- Ensuring compliance by the State Medical Councils of the regulations made under the Bill.
- Framing guidelines for determination of fees in the private medical institutions and deemed universities which are regulated as per the Bill.
Medical Advisory Council:
- Under the Bill, the central government will constitute a Medical Advisory Council. The Council will be the primary platform through which the states/union territories can put forth their views and concerns before the NMC.
- There will be a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to under-graduate medical education in all medical institutions regulated by the Bill.
- The NMC will specify the manner of conducting common counselling for admission in all such medical institutions.
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