In what could bring a major reform in Medical Education domain, NITI Aayog has suggested scrapping of Medical Council of India (MCI) and creating a new body– National Medical Council (NMC). The new body may bring more autonomy to private institutions and also enhance the quality of medical education even as facilitating expansion of the domain.
“A committee chaired by Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, recommended scrapping of the Medical Council of India and suggested a new body for regulating medical education,” reads a NITI Aayog tweet.
Also, NITI Aayog has submitted draft legislation for the proposed National Medical Council to the Government. “The Government will be taking further necessary actions on the draft,” adds the tweet by NITI Aayog.
Why NITI Aayog recommends scrapping of MCI?
As per the domain experts, the possible reason for such suggestions on MCI is because it could not do justice to its role of a transparent and efficient regulator for medical education and ethics. The MCI had been dogged by a tarnished reputation for years, report various media quoting NITI Aayog officials.
What will be NMC doing?
The proposed National Medical Council will look after the government medical colleges and regulate these institutions, after replacing the MCI. However, the NMC will not be regulating fee structure of private colleges and recommend allowing for-profit institutions instead of only trusts and not-for-profit institutional bodies.
Why will private medical colleges’ fees not regulated by the NMC?
The draft as sent by NITI Aayog says that if NMC were to regulate private college fees, the ‘micro-management’ would encourage ‘rent seeking behaviour’ within the new regulatory body. Further, this cap may discourage setting up of private colleges, thereby hampering the expansion of medical education in India. “The current ban on for-profit institutions has hardly prevented private institutions from extracting profits albeit through non-transparent and possibly illegal means, it was felt that any restriction on the class of education providers would be counter-productive,” reads an excerpt from the draft report.
Constitution of NMC
As per the proposed draft for NMC, the body will have members who would not come from the existing MCI workforce. The national medical council will have a chairperson, nine ex-officio members and ten part-time members. They will be commissioned through a selection process.
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