After receiving criticism on one of the provisions of NMC Bill 2017, the Union Cabinet has given its nod for removing mandatory bridge course provision for AYUSH doctors. Earlier, the bridge course was made mandatory for AYUSH practitioners to be eligible for mid-level care providers. However, the new provision was not received well by the AYUSH doctors. Therefore, the provision has been deleted from the NMC Bill 2017.
Even though the implementation of Exit Test or National Licentiate Exam (NLE) for MBBS graduates has been receiving criticism, the Union Cabinet was reluctant to take a call on it. Instead, the NLE provision has been retained in the NMC Bill 2017.
Health Secretary, Preethi Sudan, indicated that there was a proposal to integrate NLE/ Exit Test into MBBS final-year examination, which means that the final-year MBBS exam will be the exit test to practice medicine in India. Students and medical fraternity are not against this proposal. At present, there is no clarity whether the Union Cabinet integrates NLE in MBBS final exam or not. Students will have to wait some more days for the final decision, she clarified.
Apart from the above provisions, the Union Cabinet approved fee regulation for 50% medical seats in deemed universities and private medical colleges. On the other hand, the number of nominees from Union Territories (UTs) and states in National Medical Commission (NMC) have also increased from three to six.
NMC Bill 2017 will be tabled in the parliament soon. A report on NMC Bill was submitted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on March 20, 2018.