Medical Council of India Current Affairs - 2020
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On January 29, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved National Commission for homeopathy bill, 2019.
The bill is being introduced for the following amendments
- To introduce reforms in the field of Homeopathy education
- To enable accountability and transparency in protecting the interests of general public.
The Homeopathy Central Council act, 1973 is currently governing the Homeopathy education and practices in the country. The act has been extracted based on the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
Homeopathy Central Council
The functions, regulation and powers of the council is very similar to that of the Indian Medical Council of India. The amendments are being introduced as there has been serious detrimental effects in medical education and delivery of Homeopathy health care services in the country.
The Council operates under Ministry of AYUSH. Also, it is one of the professional councils that have been constituted under University Grants Commission (UGC). The professional councils include AICTE, Bar Council of India, Medical Council of India, Veterinary council, nursing council, etc.
Tags: Ayush • Cabinet • Cabinet Approval • Homeopathy • Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill
Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 which provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of Medical Council of India (MCI) so as to usher comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector. The Bill also seeks to repeal Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
Key Features of Bill
Common final year MBBS Exams (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) will be known as National Exit Test (NEXT) which would serve as Licentiate Exam, for entrance to Post Graduate (PG) medical course and as screening test of foreign medical graduates.
It provides that National Entrance Test i.e. NEET, Common Counselling, NEXT will also be applicable to Institutes of National Importance (INIs) such as AIIMS to have common standards in country.
National Medical Commission: NMC, an autonomous commission will regulate fee and all other charges for 50% seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities.
NMC will ensure a transparent admission process and also reduce admission fee, and regulate fee in private colleges as well.
NMC will have 4 Autonomous Boards,
- Under-Graduate Medical Education Board
- Post-Graduate Medical Education Board
- Medical Assessment and Rating Board
- Ethics and Medical Registration Board
NMC and respective boards will work towards ensuring a dynamic and modern educational environment, decreasing emphasis on physical infrastructure, achieving norms in global standards and an effective grievance redressal mechanism.
Significance: These new measures will ensure a transparent admission process and will also bring down admission fee.
Criticism: NMC Bill is being pushed by Centre amid resistance from Indian Medical Association (IMA) and other sections. The Bill has been facing flak over various issues and IMA, the apex medical body has claimed that replacing MCI with another body may attract new forms of corruption.
Tags: Cabinet Decision • Indian Medical Association • Indian Medical Council Act 1956 • Medical Council of India • National Exit Test