Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

New Delhi:

Following the changes recommended made by the parliamentary panel on the much debated National Medical Commission Bill, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved certain official amendments to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

The Amendment to the NMC Bill comes in the backdrop of its consideration in the Lok Sabha on 2nd January 2018 and subsequently it is referring to the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee (DRPSC).

The Government has considered the recommendations made by the Standing Committee in its report tabled in the House on 20th March 2018 and general feedback, particularly the views of medical students and practitioners regarding certain provisions of the Bill.

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details
Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

 

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

Following are the amendments approved by the Cabinet-

  • Final MBBS Examination to be held as a common exam across the country and would serve as an exit test called the National Exit Test (NEXT):

Cabinet has considered the common demand by the students not to subject them to an additional licentiate exam for the purpose of getting a license to practice.

So, the Cabinet gave declaration that the final MBBS examination will be going to happen as a common exam throughout the country and will serve as an exit test to be called the National Exit Test (NEXT).

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

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

  • Provision of Bridge course for AYUSH practitioners to practice modern medicine removed:

The provision dealing with bridge course for AYUSH practitioners to practice modern medicine to a limited extent is removed.

It is now the State Governments part to take necessary measures for addressing and promoting primary health care in rural areas.

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details

  • Fee regulation for 50 percent seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities: The maximum limit of 40 percent seats for which fee is regulating in private medical institutions and deemed universities are now increasing to 50% seats. Further, it has been clarified that the fee would also include all other charges taken by the colleges.
Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details
  • The number of nominees from States and UTs in NMC increased from 3 to 6:

Responding to the demands from States to increase their representation in the NMC.

The nominees of States and UTs in the NMC is now increasing from 3 to 6.

The NMC will comprise of 25 members of which at least 21 will be doctors.

Cabinet Approves 6 amendments to National Medical Commission Bill, Check out details
  • Monetary penalty for a medical college non-compliant with the norms replaced with provision for different penalty options.

Another major concern came up during the discussion with stakeholders was the wide range of monetary penalty.

Ranging from one half to ten times the annual fee get from a batch, to get impose in a graded manner on a medical college non-compliant with the norms.

A provision has come to replace this clause.

It provides different options for the warning. Reasonable monetary penalty, reducing intake, stoppage of admission leading up to the withdrawal of recognition.

 

  • Stringent punishment for unqualified medical practitioners or quacks:

The government is having a concern about the quality and safety of healthcare being available to the citizens.

Also, they are feeling the need to act strictly against unqualified practitioners or quacks.

The punishment for any practice (not authorize) of medicine is going to be severe.

By including a provision for the imprisonment of up to one year along. It is along with a fine extending up to INR five lakhs.

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