A four member Committee headed by Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, which was constituted to examine all options for reforms in the Medical Council of India (MCI) and suggest a way forward, has framed a draft “National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill” which provides for constitution of NMC in place of MCI.
The draft Bill has been relooked by a Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted for the purpose. The GoM has approved the draft Bill with some modifications.
About the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill:
The National Medical Commission Bill, 2016 was introduced by the NITI Aayog. It extends to the whole country. It aims to create a world class educational system. The bill seeks to repeal Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and be replaced by a body called National Medical Commission.
Ensure adequate supply of high-quality medical professionals at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Encourage medical professionals to incorporate the latest medical research in their work and to contribute to such research.
Provide for objective periodic assessments of medical institutions.
Facilitate the maintenance of a medical register for India and enforce high ethical standards in all aspects of medical services.
Ensure that the medical institutes are flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of a transforming nation.
As per the Bill, the Central Government shall constitute a Commission, to be called the National Medical Commission:
The Commission shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract, and shall, by the said name, sue or be sued.
The Central Government shall, by notification, establish autonomous Boards under the overall supervision of this Commission, to fulfil the functions related to the conduct of undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and rating of medical institutions and registration of medical practitioners and enforcement of medical ethics.