The Government of India has proposed the National Medical Commission Bill 2017 in the parliament on Friday to put an end to the Medical Council of India (MCI), overhaul the structure of medical education, with the introduction of medical exit examination and introduction of bridge course to MBBS from alternative medicine. ( Indian Express Report )
What are the future implications of NMC Bill and how will it change the healthcare industry?
The Bill allows practitioners of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga and other alternative medicines to enter the field of modern medicine after completing a “bridge course”.
It disallows doctors to elect members of their community to regulate them, thereby angering the Indian Medical Association, India’s largest voluntary organization of doctors. According to the bill, the Centre and the states will be nominating people from the ministries of health, human resource development, and the Department of Pharmaceuticals and experts from health, economics, science etc. to regulate the health authority.
The Bill also recommends a standard entrance exam and licentiate exams which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practising licenses and no permission would be needed to add the new seat to start post-graduate courses which can undermine the quality of education imparted thereby decreasing the level of competency.
The Bill will set up National Medical Commission (NMC) which will regulate and develop medical education and the profession with the Medical Advisory Council (MAC), a purely advisory body (with no power of its own) to aid the NMC, having members nominated from every state and union territory to put forth the views of concerned states.