THE Government will soon come with a National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill to usher in comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. He said this while replying to a on debate on Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was later passed by the House by voice vote. This Bill provides for supersession of Medical Council of India for a period of two years with effect from September 26, 2018.
It will replace an Ordinance promulgated on February 21. The Minister said the Government is working on the NMC Bill and “will soon take it to Union Cabinet and then in Parliament.” He said the NMC Bill, which was introduced in December, 2017, lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. On the Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Minister said that the Board of Governors (BoG) which had replaced the MCI has worked well and taken a series of steps to improve medical education in the country. The BoG has granted accreditation to more number of medical collges, increased number of seats and reduced procedural hurdles, he said adding it is manned by doctors of great repute.
“This is just a beginning of our work and you will see radical reforms in the medical education of the country,” he said. The Indian Medical Council or the Medical Council of India (MCI) was set up under the Medical Council Act 1956, for setting standards for medical professionals, new medical colleges and revision of curriculum, among others.