National Medical Commission Act, 2019 receives the President’s assent
The National Medical Commission Act, 2019 has received the assent of the President on 8th August 2019, however, the Act will come into force on such date as the Central Government will specify through official Gazette Notifications.
- The Act would repeal the existing Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
- The Act provides for setting up of the National Medical Commission –
- a)which will frame policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals
- b)assess the requirements of healthcare-related human resources and infrastructure.
- Through the Act four Autonomous Boards are to be set up.
- the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board to regulate medical education at undergraduate level and to determine standards thereof;
- the Post-Graduate Medical Education Board to regulate medical education at postgraduate level and to determine standards thereof;
- the Medical Assessment and Rating Board to carry out inspections and to assess and rate the medical institutions; and
- the Ethics and Medical Registration Board to regulate professional conduct and promote medical ethics amongst medical practitioners and medical professionals and to maintain a national register of all licensed medical practitioners and a separate national register of Community Health Providers
- The act specifies actions to be taken by the State Medical Council for handling of matters related to professional or ethical misconduct of medical practitioners.
- Provisions allow the grant of limited licence to practice medicine at mid-level to persons connected with modern scientific medical profession to be called Community Health Providers
Source: Ministry of Law and Justice