Friday 2 August 2019 8:06 AM UTC
NEW DELHI Aug 2: Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill for replacing the corruption-plagued MCI with a new body, in what was described by the government as one of the biggest reforms for medical education in the country. The Lok Sabha had on July 29 passed the NMC Bill 2019.
The NMC Bill which seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was passed by a voice vote, amid a walkout by AIADMK and protests by a number of doctors in New Delhi.Several doctors were detained by the Delhi Police while they were marching towards Parliament to protest the passage of Bill in the Rajya Sabha. When the House was debating the bill, several IMA wings, medical students held protests and marched towards Parliament, demanding the government to withdraw the bill.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, in his reply, on the debate on the bill, tried to address their apprehension, saying that he himself fought for the rights of doctors and to maintain the sanctity of this profession and hence, he said, there was “no need for any apprehension”.
Harsh Vardhan said that NEET is already an institutionalised body which is conducting examinations in 13 languages.
“Once the NMC Bill is approved, exit examination will be implemented in the next three years,” Harsh Vardhan said. The minister said NEET counselling is completely transparent and thanked senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his “valuable suggestions”.
The bill also has a provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries.
This exam, called the National Exit Test (NEXT), would ensure that the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) moves away from a system of repeated inspections of infrastructure and focuses on outcomes rather than processes, Harsh Vardhan said.
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