Medical council to stay

PMO rejects health ministry proposal


The Health Ministry had proposed to scrap the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI), citing alleged corruption in these regulatory bodies. Instead, the ministry proposed to set up a National Council for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH), which will oversee all major departments related to medical, dental and allied fields like nursing and health management.

The proposal was sent to PMO for listing it before the Cabinet so that necessary amendments could be moved in the next session of Parliament.

However, PMO rejected the proposal, saying there was no certainty that the new body replacing MCI and DCI would have no shortcomings, an official said.

Devising plan

It also asked the Health Ministry to consult more experts on the issue and devise a plan to cleanse the existing system rather than replacing it, according to sources in the ministry.

Following increasing complaints against the medical and dental education regulators and widespread corruption, the Health Ministry had constituted a task force to overhaul them.
The task force had suggested scrapping medical education regulators, including the MCI, DCI, Pharmacy Council and the Nursing Council, sources added.

Common platform

It also proposed replacing the regulatory bodies with a common body— NCHRH—which will oversee all major departments related to medical, dental and allied fields.

It was held that the proposed body would also be responsible for the accreditation of different service providers and medical institutes of the country as well as decisions regarding courses, study period, curriculum and the implementation of guidelines.
The Health Ministry had also included the NCHRH in the Health Draft Bill to constitute the body.

Dissenting note

*PMO for wider consultations

*Health Ministry for constituting NCHRH

*PMO suggests cleansing the existing system

*Task force proposes scrapping of regulators

*NCHRH included in Health Draft Bill

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