Lok Sabha has passed the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The bill seeks
to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
enacted, the current Medical Council of India would be replaced by a National
Commission will have four autonomous boards: a) Undergraduate Medical Education
Board, b) Post-Graduate Medical Education Board, c) Medical Assessment and
Rating Board, and d) Ethics and Medical Registration Board.
commission will also be responsible for regulating fees and all other charges
for half the seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities.
bill proposes a common final year MBBS exam called National Exit Test (NEXT) to
start medical practice. It will also be used for entrance into postgraduate
medical courses, and act as a screening test for foreign medical graduates.
Bill proposes to unify all entrance procedures for medical courses. The
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), common counselling and NEXT will
be applicable to Institutes of National Importance (INIs) such as the All India
Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to ensure uniform standards.
bill also proposes to set up a Medical Advisory Council as a separate entity.
It will serve as the primary platform through which the states will put forward
their views and concerns before the NMC.