On October 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the valedictory function of 'Arogya Manthan' in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Arogya Manthan is a two-day event organized by the National Health Authority to mark the completion of one year of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY. PM Modi spoke about the importance of the National Medical Commission (NMC) with regards to making improvements for those studying medicines as well as in the overall medical sector.
PM Modi addressing the crowd at the function spoke about the need to improving the training imparted to the youth of the country that are going to be studying medicine and said, “this is the reason that the infrastructure of the medical institutions are going to be improved and the policy is going to be made better." PM Modi added, "On one hand in the nation’s medical education seats are being increased and on the other hand from admission right up to the regulations, a seamless and transparent system is being created."
The Prime Minister added, “across the nation the decision to open up 75 more government medical colleges or the decision to form the National Medical Commission (NMC), it is going to benefit the medical sector a lot. With the National Medical Commission, the nation’s students who are going to be studying medicine will receive better training and there will be improvements and the issues related to corruption will disappear.”
According to PRS, the Bill introduced by the Minister of Health Dr. Harsh Vardhan, seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and provide for a medical education system which ensures: (i) availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals, (ii) adoption of the latest medical research by medical professionals, (iii) periodic assessment of medical institutions, and (iv) an effective grievance redressal mechanism.
Under this Bill, the NMC will consist of 25 members, appointed by the central government which will frame policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals, assess the healthcare requirements, ensure compliance by the State Medical Councils and frame guidelines for fee-structure up to 50% of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities, regulated under the Bill.