Medics' organisation backs umbrella body

Now trashed, bill meant to set norms for recruitment

Joint Forum of Medical Technologists of India has shown its exasperation on rejection of the draft National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill 2011 by parliamentary standing committee. The forum has been pushing for the bill to bring about a standard in recruiting paramedical and technical staff in hospitals.

The parliamentary committee reportedly said there was opposition to the bill from the states as well as stakeholders.

Kaptan Singh Sehrawat, general secretary, JFMTI said, “Ours is one such organisation of health professionals which has made detailed suggestions. But we were not even given an opportunity to present our case. On the other hand, only those stakeholders were called whose arbitrary powers will be gone if the bill is passed.”

He said the bill will have provided for registration of health professionals, effectively banning quacks and doctors working without proper licences.

He added that Medical Council of India had earned bad name in 2009 when its corrupt practices became public.  The draft bill, which stands rejected now, would have curbed powers of such councils which lead to rampant corruption.

One commission

The NCHRH bill sought to bring all healthcare professionals and their training aspects under one commission.

A number of paramedical and allied health services do not have a guideline and hence there is a lot of discrepancy in recruitments by various organisations. In many cases a trained professional with a BSc degree is considered equal to a diploma holder who will not be even fit to perform the job.

Sehrawat said, with the bill being dropped, possibility to standardise these services has gone.

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