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Draft bill for new regulatory structure for medicine in India prompts criticism

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4541 (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4541
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

An Indian government committee’s proposal for a new regulatory structure to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) has been met with cautious optimism as well as anger at what some say is a government attempt to end the self regulation of the medical profession.

The four member committee operating under the National Institution for Transforming India, the government’s policy-making think tank, sought public comments on its draft bill that proposed creating a 20 member National Medical Commission (NMC), a new apex body for medical education.

Under the bill’s provisions, members of the NMC will be appointed by the government and will include a mix of senior doctors; officials from the ministries of health, rural development, human resource development, and the department of pharmaceuticals; and individuals from backgrounds such as economics, law, and consumer or patients’ …

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