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Health Ministry Finalises Names Of National Medical Commission (NMC) Members

Health Ministry Finalises Names Of National Medical Commission (NMC) Members

Terming NMC as historic, Dr Vardhan said that it is a visionary reform in the medical education sector.

 

NEW DELHI: Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare presided over the proceedings of draw of lots for selection of 25 members of the National Medical Commission (NMC), which will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), here on Monday. The draw was conducted in the presence of Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and senior officers from the Ministry, and mediapersons.

Once the NMC comes into being, the MCI will automatically get dissolved and the nearly 63-year-old Indian Medical Council Act will stand abolished.

Dr. Vardhan stated that inclusion of members from diverse background for balanced policy prescriptions is also being ensured.

The National Medical Commission Act, 2019 received assent of the President on August 8, 2019 and was published in the official Gazette on the same day. The Central Government sought nominations from the states, Union Territories and State Medical Councils (SMCs) for constitution of the Medical Advisory Council under the National Medical Commission Act, 2019.

Terming it historic, Dr Vardhan said that it is a huge and visionary reform in the medical education sector by the NDA Government and will prove to be a milestone in the years to come.

He further stated that as promised, the process of selecting its members is being completed in a time bound manner.

“We had 9 months to select the members of the NMC, and within a short span of two months, we have framed the rules, notified them and also carried out the process of selection of the part-time members of the NMC today. To ensure probity and integrity of the highest order, a compact body is being selected through a transparent mechanism and representation of States and State Councils in rotation. This will facilitate for faster decision making also,” Dr Vardhan added.

The four boards to be set up under the NMC Act are the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB), the Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB), the Medical Assessment and Rating Board and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board, reported news agency PTI.