The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019 was given a go-ahead by Rajya Sabha today.
It was passed by Lok Sabha on July 29.
The bill, which will become a law after President’s nod, is seen as one of the biggest reforms for medical education in the country.
The NMC Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
The doctors staged nationwide protest against the bill today all across the country.
However, the doctors’ protest against the bill didn’t seem to have any impact on the lawmakers, who passed the bill with a voice vote, except AIADMK staging walkout.
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, in his reply, on the debate on the bill, tried to allay the apprehensions of the doctors. He said he himself fought for the rights of doctors and the bill was needed to maintain the sanctity of this profession.
Harsh Vardhan said that 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,” Harsh Vardhan said.
The protesting doctors have threatened to go on an indefinite strike.
Earlier in the day today, several doctors tried to march towards Parliament to protest the passage of Bill in the Rajya Sabha. However, they were detained by the Delhi Police.
The bill seeks to replace corruption laced Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.
The MCI members have been accused of taking bribes to fast-track accreditation.
MCI has been called the ‘den of corruption’ in 2001 by the Delhi High Court for its dubious activities.
The new 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.