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Lok Sabha passes the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Our Bureau | Updated on December 31, 2018 Published on December 31, 2018

Union Health Minister JP Nadda

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to supersede the Medical Council of India. The legislation was introduced in the Lower House on December 15 by Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

The bill aims at handing over responsibilities to a Board of Governors which is a part of efforts to set up an alternative regulatory mechanism for medical education. However, opposition members in the Lok Sabha had earlier moved statutory resolutions disapproving the bill.

Kollam MP N.K. Premchandran opposing the bill had said, "The bill needs to strengthen the medical facilities and improve health care, medical science and technology. Why the government has an agenda behind pushing the bill. This amendment is quite unnecessary."

Jagat Prakash Nadda explained the amendment bill and said, "Whenever I have come out to speak about the bill opposition would speak about MCI. But even the Parliamentary committee has noted that the MCI is incapable of improving the medical education. Governors of pioneer institutes should look after the education, is what we propose."

The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with the National Medical Commission, was also expected to come up for discussion in the House on Monday. The bill had been introduced in the Lok Sabha in December last year.

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Published on December 31, 2018
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