Rethink required

Based on the report that was submitted on March 8, 2016, by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, the Government of India came up with the draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, to create a robust medical education regulatory system. The bill also aims to overhaul the corrupt Medical Council of India.
While a certain section of the industry has welcomed it, the bill has mostly been widely objected to by industry leaders. Firstly, concern has been raised on the unfair representation of elected representatives from medical fraternity in the proposed NMC 2017.
Secondly, there have been country wide protests against the proposed bridge course that would enable alternative practitioners to turn over to Allopathy. The cross learning mechanism would undermine patient safety and pave the way for quackery. And would those who do not get admission at quality medical colleges opt for the bridge course and cross over to modern medicine, ask experts. Thirdly, the suggestion of another National Licentiate Examination to test the quality of the graduating MBBS students has been deemed superfluous, especially since the government has introduced the common medical entrance exam for all colleges – the NEET (national eligibility cum entrance exam).
Met with such fierce protests, the government must have a re-look at the “undemocratic” bill.