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QPMPA wants Union govt to include Section 15 of IMC Act in the National Medical Commission Bill

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Even as the controversial National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for further discussion, the Qualified Private Medical Practitioners Association (QPMPA), a registered body of qualified allopathy practitioners and private hospital managements, has called for inclusion of Section 15 of the Indian Medical Act 1956 in the NMC Bill.

As per the Section, the minimum qualification for practicing allopathy is MBBS and it is sufficient qualification for enrollment on the State Medical Register. No additional test or examination is required for practicing medical profession. Government should include this clause in the new medical commission bill, said Dr. C. M Abubaker, president of QPMPA.

Speaking to Pharmabiz, Dr. Abubaker, who was previously the President of the Kerala Chapter of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, said the NMC Bill requires major amendments for the sake of the medical community and also for healthcare of the people. He said QPMPA will send a proposal to the union health minister for consideration of amendments.

Criticizing the ‘Bridge Course’ to be introduced for engaging Ayush practitioners to practice allopathy, Dr. Abubaker said it is a ‘back-door entry course’ to make Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani graduates modern practitioners. This clause in the NMC Bill should be quashed. He said his association will object this move of the government with tooth and nail.

He wanted the government to refrain from its decision to introduce National Exit Test (NEXT), a licentiate exam for the medical graduates, in order to qualify for general practice. According to him, if such an evaluation is required, the institutions wherein the graduates did their courses can conduct an ‘Evaluation Test’ like a Viva-Voce to test their in knowledge in major areas of general practice such as medicine, pediatrics, ENT, Ortho..etc.

The national secretary of QPMPA, Dr. Kishore Kumar, said the Medical Council of India has a federal and democratic set-up. By replacing it with NMC, it will become bureaucratic as the members are nominated from various associations and fields.

According to reports, the NMC Bill proposes a 25-member commission appointed by the central government, of which 20 are to be appointed by a search committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary. Out of this, 12 ex-officio and six part-time members will be nominated. Three of these will be from various disciplines such as management, law, medical ethics, health research, consumer or patient rights advocacy, science and technology, and economics. Only five will be elected by the registered medical practitioners from among themselves.


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