The Medical Sector is very important for a huge Country like India. Medical Council of India (MCI) is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. The MCI grants recognition of medical qualifications, gives accreditation to medical schools, grants registration to medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in India.
A high-level panel set up by Government think-tank “Niti Aayog” has recommended replacing the MCI with a National Medical Commission (NMC).
“The idea of setting up a new body is to simplify the norms of recruitment and make the process performance based so that the medical institutes either perform or perish,”A major initiative under this is to introduce the system of exit exams for private and government medical colleges” the official said.
Features of NMC will include the following:
- NMC will become the main regulatory body and will take over all roles and responsibilities of the MCI.
- The new body will have eminent doctorsand experts from related fields.
- To suggest the direction that should be given to medical education in the country.
- To ensure that the quality of education is at par with global standards.
- NMC will have around 20 members and their tenure will be for 5 years.
- It will also have members from other fields such as economics, law, to inculcate more professionalism.
According to Niti Aayog, the biggest change under the new system would be that its members would be selected on merit by a high powered search-cum-selection panel and would not be elected, as in the past, by MCI.
“There will be NMC chairman as well as there will be four boards- Under Graduate Medical Board, Post Graduate Medical Board, Accreditation and Assessment Board and a board for registration of medical colleges and monitoring ethics in the profession.
To set up a new institution would require that the Government frame a new law. This has been attempted several times in the past but no Government has succeeded till date. This is a much required step that will help to improve the status of medical education and standards and prevent unlawful practices in the medical profession thereby bringing in substantial improvement in quality of the medical education system.
Mayank Singh Raghuvanshi
The Indian Lawyer and Allied Services