Indian Medical Council Bill gets go ahead in Lok Sabha; to supersede Medical Council of India

In its endeavour to bring quality and transparency in medical education in the country, the Lower House of the Parliament, today, passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The bill in this regard had been introduced in the Lower House on December 15 by Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

When passed by Rajya Sabha (Upper House), the bill will create National Medical Commission (NMC), which will supersede the Medical Council of India and hand over its responsibilities to a 20-member Board of Governors (BoGs).

The BoGs have all eminent personalities and include directors of AIIMS and PGI, Chandigarh. This board will continue to perform till a Council is constituted, Nadda said.

It is an endeavour to create an alternative regulatory mechanism for medical education and bring in transparency and quality.

The MCI members have been accused of taking bribes to fast-track accreditation.

The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 had been placed in the Lok Sabha in December last year.

President Ram Nath Kovind had signed the ordinance to this effect in September.

MCI has been called the ‘den of corruption’ in 2001 by the Delhi High Court for its dubious activities.

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