Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission Bill amid medicos' protest

The bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was passed by a voice vote, amid a walkout by AIADMK.

Published: 01st August 2019 06:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2019 08:04 PM   |  A+A-

Doctors and medical students of AIIMS display placards during a strike to protest the introduction of the National Medical Commission NMC Bill in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi

Doctors and medical students of AIIMS display placards during a strike to protest the introduction of the National Medical Commission NMC Bill in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Medical Commission 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 bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was passed by a voice vote, amid a walkout by AIADMK.

The Lok Sabha on July 29 had passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, in his reply, on the debate on the bill said 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," the Minister said.

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The Minister said NEET Counselling is completely transparent and thanked senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his valuable suggestions.

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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, Vardhan said.

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