Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha.
National Medical Commission Bill 2019 proposes to repeal the Indian Medical
Council Act, 1956.
enacted, the current Medical Council of India (MCI) would be replaced by a
National Medical Commission. The bill seeks to replace the MCI on the grounds
that the Council was corrupt.
the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare in its 92nd
report (in 2016) reported that the process by which the MCI regulated medical
colleges was flawed.
NMC Bill provides for the constitution of a 25-member NMC selected by a search
committee, headed by the Cabinet Secretary.
Commission will have four autonomous boards: a) Undergraduate Medical Education
Board, b) Post-Graduate Medical Education Board, c) Medical Assessment and
Rating Board, and d) Ethics and Medical Registration Board.
commission also be responsible for regulating fees and all other charges for
half the seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities.
bill proposes a common final year MBBS exam called National Exit Test (NEXT) to
start medical practice. It will also be used for entrance into postgraduate
medical courses, and act as a screening test for foreign medical graduates.
Bill also proposes to unify all entrance procedures for medical courses in the
Bill also puts a cap on fees on 50 per cent of seats in MBBS and PG colleges.