Amendments/Changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 (Download PDF)

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The Union Cabinet of India has intimated for the amendments/changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The National Medical Commission Bill aimed towards improving the medical education system in the country by maintaining adequate and high-quality medical professionals, periodic assessment of medical institutions and adoption of the latest medical research along with the medical professionals by making use of an effective grievance redressal mechanism. The Union Cabinet approved the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 on 17th July, 2019 following which the same was passed by both the houses i. e. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of the Parliament 29th July, 2019 and 1st August, 2019 respectively.

Image shows of The National Medical Commission Bill, 2019

Image Shows of the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019

Image shows of The National Medical Commission Bill, 2019

Features of the National Medical Commission Bill 2019

  • Both at the State and the National level, the Bill aimed towards setting up a medical commission within three years of the passage of the legislation.

  • Setting up a Medical Advisory Council by the Centre is also one of the provisions of the bill. This advisory council will act as a medium to convey views and concerns towards the NMC both by the States and the Union Territories.

  • One of the provisions of the bill proposed conducting of a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to under-graduate medical education. All medical institutions are being regulated under the Bill.

  • To obtain the license for the practice, the Bill proposes to hold the National Exit Test for the students graduating from medical institutions. Students also will be able to take admission into post-graduate courses at medical institutions under the legislation.

  • As per the Bill certain mid-level practitioners who are connected with the modern medical profession will be able to practice medicine, the license for the same for a limited period will be provided by the NMC.

Changes Proposed

The following changes have been made in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 passed by the Parliament from the version that was approved by the Cabinet on 17th July 2019 and the Cabinet was apprised of these changes:

i) Clause 4 (1) (c) –Twenty two part-time Members instead of fourteen members;

ii) Clause 4 (4) (b) – ten members instead of six members

iii) Clause 4 (4) (c) – nine members instead of five members

iv) Clause 37 (2) – added at the end “for the purposes of teaching also”.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 20, 2019

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