Lok Sabha passes the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill

NEW DELHI: The government will soon submit a bill (NMC) to initiate comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector, health minister Harsh Vardhan said in the report. Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

He said this while responding to a debate on the Bill (Amendment), 2019, which was then approved by the House by voice vote.

This bill provides for the replacement of the Medical Council of India for a period of two years 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 the union's cabinet and then to Parliament.

He said the NMC bill, which was introduced in December, 2017, lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.

In the Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Minister said that the Board of Governors (BoG) that had replaced MCI has worked well and has taken a series of measures to improve medical education in the country.

The BoG has granted accreditation for a greater number of medical collisions, a greater number of seats and a reduction of procedural obstacles, he said, adding that it is attended by highly reputable doctors.

This is just part of our work and you will see radical reforms in medical education in the country, he said.

The Medical Council of India or the Medical Council of India (MCI) were created under the Medical Council Act of 1956, to establish standards for medical professionals, new medical schools and the revision of the curriculum, among others.

Participating in the debate on the bill, leader of the congress. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury He opposed the route of the Ordinance taken by the Government to replace the Medical Council of India saying that it was not healthy for democracy.

Chowdhury said the Ordinance was enacted twice by the government even though elections are just around the corner. MCI had become an authority contaminated by fraud, he said.

Introducing the bill, Vardhan said that in the last two decades, the perception was built that MCI had not succeeded in fulfilling its duties and that corrupt practices prevail in the regulatory body.

Although the bill of the National Commission of Medicine could be presented in the near future, but to have legal continuity, every Ordinance must become a law, he emphasized.

The Council of Ministers approved on June 12 the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which provides for the replacement of the MCI for a period of 2 years from September 26, 2018, during which the board of Governors will administer it.

The objective of the measure is to guarantee transparency, responsibility and quality in the management of medical education in the country.

The bill also proposes to increase the number of members on the Board of Governors to 12 of the 7 existing.

The Ministry of Health had encountered certain arbitrary actions by the MCI without taking into account the provision of the Law and the IMC regulations.

In addition, the oversight committee constituted by the Supreme Court to supervise the functioning of MCI had also cited cases of non-compliance with its instructions and, subsequently, all its members submitted their resignation.

In view of these developments and to put an alternative mechanism in place of MCI in order to achieve transparency, responsibility and quality in the management of medical education in the country, it was decided to replace the MCI through the Council Ordinance (Amendment). Indian doctor. , 2018, promulgated on September 26 and entrusts its affairs to a board of governors made up of eminent doctors.

Subsequently, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 14, 2018, and passed by the House on December 31.

However, the bill could not be taken into consideration in the Rajya Sabha.

Accordingly, it was decided to enact a new Ordinance, namely the Ordinance (Amendment) of the Medical Council of India, 2019, to allow the board of governors appointed in view of overcoming MCI to continue to exercise the powers of MCI.

When participating in the debate, Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) said that the government should look for good, full-time faculty for medical schools.

In opposition to the bill, Gautham Sigamani Pon (DMK) said that the intention of this government was to undermine the powers of the state.

Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar (AITMC) suggested that the government eliminate the entrance exam for doctors.

We should depend on the grades of the class 12 qualification exam to enter medicine depending on the quality of their results because the students study very hard for it.

Supporting the bill, Sanjeev Kumar (YSRCP) said it was a necessity and the need of the hour.

He urged the government to simplify the rules for the opening of medical colleges.

He also thought that legislation should be established to control the increase in violence among doctors.

Legislation should be presented as people have become intolerant, he added.