The Union Government is planning to reintroduce the Medical which will mark the transformation of medical education. The NMC Bill which was introduced in December 2017 lapsed with the dissolution of Lok Sabha. Now that there is a new government, the Union Health Ministry will again initiate the process regarding the same and the fresh draft bill will be put before the Cabinet.
Earlier the meeting and discussions took place on possibilities for making final-year MBBS exam as Licentiate Exam for doctors. However, a few members were of the opinion that the final-year MBBS exam just tests the students in four subjects. The exam will test the suitability of doctors to treat parents.
In contrast, a few members expressed that the Exit Test would act as a screening test for international medical graduates, as well as, the common entrance test for postgraduate medical courses. Making final-year MBBS exam as Licentiate Exam will lead to complications, said the Union Health Minister.
Exit or Licentiate Exam for MBBS graduates to practice medicine in India was one among the guidelines in the proposed NMC Bill 2017. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha during the winter session. A similar provision was also made for introducing a test to practice competency of candidates who want to practice Ayurveda in India.
The idea to implement Licentiate Exam for MBBS graduates received wide criticism from the medical fraternity across the country. There were also demands not to replace Medical Council of India (MCI) with National Medical Commission (NMC). It is in the hands of government to take a call on it.