Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
4) The government recently planned to let medical practitioners without MBBS degrees offer basic healthcare services, we need more doctors, but should the quality standards be diluted at the cost of it? Explain. (250 words)
Why this question:
The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha last week with some modifications and sent to the Lok Sabha for approval, has evoked widespread protests from doctors. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), a representative body of doctors, has called an all-India strike tomorrow against a few contentious aspects of the bill.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the merits and demerits of the recent move made by the government with National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Discuss the nuances of the government’s decision with respect to medical practitioners.
First discuss the key highlights of the bill.
Bring out the situational crisis of lack of medical aid in terms of the number of doctors available, quote data from article to substantiate the current conditions.
Then move on to discuss the merits and demerits of the move.
Conclude that a balanced approach is the need of the hour, the decision though aptly suits the situation, comes with bit of risk that the government must be able to tackle with.