MCI Dissolved: National Medical Commission Takes the Lead
Source: Hindustan Times
The Health Ministry has decided to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. After facing resistance from doctors, both the houses of Parliament passed the National Medical Commission Bill. As a result, the IMC Act has been replaced by the NMC Act. Therefore, the National Medical Commission (NMC) will take the lead from September 25th as the regulator of medical education in the country.
The Board of Governors-Medical Council of India (BoG-MCI) was dissolved by the Centre on September 24th through a gazette notification. The NMC will take all the responsibilities of bringing reforms in the medical education sector instead of the MCI, which was contaminated by corruption.
The NMC will also take the responsibility of framing policies and coordination activities of the following four autonomous boards:
- Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB)
- Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB)
- Medical Assessment and Rating Board
- Ethics and Medical Registration Board
All of these boards will work together to reduce the cost of medical education, reduce the burden on students, increase the number of medical seats, provide healthcare to the underprivileged section of the society, improve the quality of education, etc.
Under the NMC Act, a nationwide exit test (NEXT) has replaced the final year exam of MBBS. The government has not set any limits on the number of attempts for the NEXT exam. This exam will grant the following to the students:
- An MBBS degree
- A medical practice license for both Indian and foreign students
- Entrance to medical PG courses
Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma, former HoD of ENT at AIIMS, has been appointed as the current chairman of NMC. Moreover, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vats, former Secretary-General of BoG-MCI, has been appointed as the secretary of NMC. Apart from them, NMC also has 10 ex-officio members and around 22 part-time members.
Since there were a huge number of complaints related to corruption in MCI, the Centre has decided that the members of NMC need to declare their assets before and after leaving the NMC to ensure transparency and trust. According to the Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan, the NMC is a huge and visionary reform as it aims to provide wider access to quality healthcare.