The Government of India appointed a committee to seek public opinions on the bill which replaces Medical Council Act. The act enables new structure of medical education and practice. The Medical Council of India has been widely criticised for its policies in recent times. The new act would also provide for entry of ‘for-profit’ entities.
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The four-member panel which is seeking public comments on the bill also suggested a Uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to UG medical colleges. The committee has completed the first stage of the work and took public opinion on the bill. The draft of the bill will be finalised by the end of this month.
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The public opinion has been sought to replace the existing legislation.The committee also suggested that the highest standards of excellence and professional integrity must be appointed through an independent and transparent process. The committee has also recommended the periodic ratings of medical institutions.
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A new Institutional Architecture for Regulation has been proposed in the bill with a Medical Advisory Council (MAC) having representation from the States and Union Territories (UTs) to eloquent the national agenda for medical education. It also facilitates the National Medical Commission (NMC) to serve as the policy-making body for medical education.
The structure also enables four independent boards for UG & PG medical education, Registration and Ethics, Medical Assessment and Rating.