The Centre on Thursday night notified the 33-member National Medical Commission (NMC) saying it would come into force from September 25. With the NMC coming into being, the Board of Governors (BoG) which superseded the Medical Council of India (MCI ) on September 26, 2018, to perform its functions, has been dissolved and the nearly 64-year-old Indian Medical Council Act abolished.
Dr Suresh Chandra Sharma, former head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) ENT department, Delhi, has been appointed as chairman for a period of three years with effect from Friday, while Rakesh Kumar Vats, who was Secretary-General in the Board of Governors of the MCI, is the secretary of the commission.
The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the president on August 8, 2019 and was published the same day.
According to the notifications issued by Nipun Vinayak, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Thursday, the four autonomous boards under the NMC Act — the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB), Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB), Medical Assessment and Rating Board and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board — have also been constituted and comes into existence from Friday.
The notification names presidents of four autonomous boards under the NMC as follows – Aruna Vanikar, HoD Pathology; GR Doshi, Institute of Kidney Diseases, Ahmadabad (UG medical board); MK Ramesh, Head, surgery at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (PG medical education board); Achal Gulati, Director Principal, BR Ambedkar Medical College, Delhi; and BN Gangadhar, Director of NIMHANS Bangalore as the president of medical ethics and registration board.
“In pursuance of the provisions of sub-section (1) of the section 60 of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019, the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 is hereby repealed with effect from the 25th day of September, 2020. The Board of Governors appointed under section 3A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 in supersession of the Medical Council of India constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act shall stand dissolved,” one of the notifications read.
The NMC will also make guidelines for a new cadre of non-MBBS mid-level health service providers such as nursing practitioners and pharmacists with limited rights to dispense medicines.
The new regulator has a significant representation from the region with PGI Chandigarh Director Jagat Ram among 11 full-time members with three years’ tenure starting Friday.
VC of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Raj Bahadur; VC of Atal Medical and Research University, Himachal Pradesh, Surender Kashyap, and VC of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, OP Kalra are among 10 vice chancellors appointed to be part NMC members for two years after which there will be a rotation to accommodate V-Cs from other states.
Mukut Minz of Fortis Mohali’s Urology Department has been appointed part-time member of the UG medical education board.
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