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National Medical Commission

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  1. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

 

National Medical Commission

 

What to study?

For Prelims: Key features of the National Medical Commission bill.

For Mains: MCI- issues, performance, concerns and need for superseding.

 

Context: Government selects 25 members of National Medical Commission.

For selecting members of the commission, that replaces the Medical Council of India (MCI), health ministry held a draw of lots.

  • The draw of lot was held from the nominations sent by the state governments, union territories and state medical councils.
  • The members include 10 Vice-Chancellors (VCs) from different states, nine members from the State Medical Councils (SMCs) and four part-time members from the autonomous boards.

 

About NMC:

National Medical Commission Act 2019 proposes set up a National Medical Commission with 25 members.

Appointment: These members will be appointed by the central government on the recommendation of a committee.

Composition: The members will include a chairperson, who must be a senior medical practitioner and academic with at least 20 years of experience, 10 ex officio members and 14 part-time members.

The ex officio members will include the presidents of the undergraduate and postgraduate medical education boards, the director general of Indian Council of Medical Research, and a director of one of the AIIMS, among others.

Part-time members, on the other hand, will include experts from the field of management, law, medical ethics, etc. and nominees of states and union territories.

 

Functions of NMC:

  • The NMC will frame policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals, assessing the requirements of healthcare-related human resources and infrastructure, and ensuring compliance by the State Medical Councils of the regulations made under the Bill.
  • Besides this, the NMC will frame guidelines for determination of fees for up to 50 per cent of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities which are regulated under the Bill.

 

Sources: the Hindu.