Cabinet okays bill to replace Medical Council of India

The Cabinet has given its approval to the draft National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.

When passed by the both Houses of Parliament, the bill will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body called the National Medical Commission.

The government aims to do away with existing medical education regulator to ensure transparency in the medical education field.

According to the draft bill, the commission will have government nominated chairman and members.

The board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary, it said.

There will five elected and 12 ex-officio members in the Commission.

There has been a debate on corruption and unethical practices in the medical education sector for long time and the ineffectiveness of the Medical Council of India in taming it.

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