Doctors chasing Indian systems of medicine, such as ayurveda, and antidepressant might be allowed to practice allopathy after having a bridge training course, according to a bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.
The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which attempts to replace the present apex medical instruction operator, the Medical Council of India (MCI)along with a new body, has been moved by the authorities in the House Friday.
Clause 49 of the Bill calls for a joint sitting of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine in least once a year “to enhance the connection between homoeopathy, Indian Systems of Medicine and contemporary systems of medicine”.
In addition, it has suggested that particular instructional modules or modules for developing bridges across the many systems of drugs and promotion of medical pluralism, may be carried out with the consent of all the members within the joint sitting.
“The combined sitting, can, by an affirmative vote of all members present and voting, select a particular bridge course that could be introduced for the professionals of Homeopathy and of Indian Systems of Medicine to enable them to prescribe such contemporary medicine at this level as may be prescribed,” based on the Bill. It provides for the ministry of four autonomous planks entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate instruction, evaluation and rating of healthcare institutions and registration of professionals under the National Medical Commission.
The commission will have a government-nominated chairman and associates, along with the board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary, ” he states.
A 25-member commission will replace the chosen MCI, the Bill states.
The proposed measure has been strongly opposed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) which maintained it will “cripple” the performance of medical profession making it completely answerable into the bureaucracy and non invasive administrators.
“Regulators will need to have an autonomy and be independent of their administrators. The National Medical Commission will be a regulator made by the administrators under their immediate management,” IMA’s president Aggarwal explained.
The Bill also proposes a frequent entrance exam and licentiate (leave) exam which all health care graduates will have to clear to get training licences. The licentiate (exit) examination is going to have to be coducted in three years after Parliament passes it.
A medical transcription company, like one member representing each state and Union land (vice-chancellors in both cases), the chairman, University Grants Commission, and the director of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council will make recommendations about the NMC.