Cabinet may discuss plan replacing MCI with NMC 

A proposal to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body—the National Medical Commission (NMC)—is likely to come up in the cabinet


The proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2016 calls for:

— creating a new body to regulate medical education with the government

— having the right to give binding directions

— will have separate boards for handling different functions pertaining to undergraduate and post-graduate medical courses and regulations and ethics in the medical profession.

— health ministry worked with NITI Aayog on the MCI’s proposed restructuring at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


— a chairperson, nine ex-officio members, 10 part-time members and five elected doctors

— also a Medical Advisory Council, to be constituted by the central government. The council, which will be advisory in nature and serve as the main platform through which states will give their views to the commission.

— NMC is aimed at reforming the medical education system

The health minister J.P. Nadda and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan in March this year. They studied a blueprint drafted by a four-member committee headed by the vice chairman of the NITI Aayog.

According to one of the ministry officials, the new structure will ensure that the government has more leverage. “This will also prevent the system from descending into the present state, where the MCI and government are often at loggerheads on many issues,” said an official requesting anonymity.

There are also ex-officio members in the commission that include nominees from the ministry of health, department of pharmaceuticals, human resource development and director general of health services.

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