‘Proposed National Medical Commission Bill anti-poor, anti-people’
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences Resident Doctors’ Association has invited Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda to participate in an open debate on the proposed National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.
‘Issues serious enough’
Calling the Bill anti-poor, anti-people and something that is putting the medical education in the hands of rich and powerful, the doctors said it “proposes issues that are serious enough to distort the future of medical education in this country”.
“So RDA AIIMS invites you to an open debate on Bill-related issues with doctors here,’’ RDA president Dr. Harjit Singh Bhatti wrote in a letter on behalf of the association.
The letter notes that the Bill compromises the basis behind medical education. “We were taught to serve humanity and stand for our patients without thinking about our safety but this Bill brings in changes like nomination of majority of members of NMC by bureaucrats and politicians, full control of corporate sector to decide fee of more than 60 % of seats, national licentiate exam (NLE), no provision for grievance redressal for students…,’’ noted the letter.
IMA too opposes
The Indian Medical Association too opposed the Bill earlier.
“The NMC Bill seeks to replace the apex medical education regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI). It is anti-people and doctors,’’ it said in a statement.
Mixing of systems
The IMA also noted that the NMC would allow unscientific mixing of systems and empowering of other practitioners through bridge courses to facilitate their entry, which would only pave the way for substandard doctors and medical practice.
“This will seriously impact patient care and patient safety,” it said.