Lok Sabha takes up National Medical Commission Bill 2019 for consideration and passage

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The Lok Sabha has taken up the National Medical Commission Bill 2019 for consideration and passing. The Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

It is aimed at providing medical education that improves access to quality and affordable medical education. The bill is also aimed at ensuring availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals in all parts of the country, besides promoting equitable and universal healthcare that encourages community health perspective.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan moved the Bill. The discussion on the bill is underway. Opposing the NMC Bill, Congress MP Vincent Pala said the legislation is a dilution of power from doctors’ fraternity to the government.

BJP member Mahesh Sharma said the government’s healthcare schemes have helped majority of people in the country. Mr Sharma questioned as to why there is not a law against attacks on doctors.

Mr Sharma said doctors are not machines or God and need to be treated as humans. DMK member A Raja opposed the bill. He asked the government as to what it was doing to remove corruption in the Medical Council.

AIR correspondent reports that the Bill is intended to promote adoption of the latest medical research by medical professionals, periodic assessment of medical institutions and an effective grievance redressal mechanism.

It has provision to sets up the National Medical Commission (NMC) which will frame policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals and assess the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure.

The Commission will also make guidelines for determination of fees for up to 50 percent of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities. The legislation also seeks to set up a Medical Advisory Council by the Centre that will advise the NMC on maintaining minimum standards of medical education. (AIR NEWS)

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