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Union Cabinet cleared the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

Union Cabinet cleared the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

The Union Cabinet has cleared the National Medical Commission Bill, which does away with the Medical Council of India (MCI) and replaces it with a regulator that will do away with “heavy handed regulatory control” over medical institutions and will also bring in a national licentiate examination, according to sources privy to the passage of the Bill.

It provides for constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under NMC. The bill proposes a common entrance exam and national licentiate examination which every candidate, who completes five years of MMBS course need to clear to become medical practitioner or get entry into post-graduation studies.

The Bill proposes a government-nominated chairman and members, who will be selected by a committee under the Cabinet Secretary.

Aim:

  • The NMC also aims to be less draconian. The new commission will also have the power to frame guidelines for fees for up to 40% seats in private colleges and deemed universities.
  • The Bill is aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices.

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