The draft National Medical Commission bill 2022 seeks to introduce a fifth autonomous body under the country’s apex medical education regulator to conduct the National Exit Test
National Medical Commission: The draft National Medical Commission bill 2022 seeks to establish a fifth autonomous body under the nation’s top medical education regulator to administer the National Exit Test, a two-part exam that will serve as a prerequisite for granting doctors’ registration as well as the basis for post-graduate admissions. Its name is “Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences,” and it will take over the duties currently performed by the National Board of Examinations, which currently administers entrance exams for all post-graduate and super-specialty courses.
The screening test for foreign medical graduates is also administered by the National Board of Examinations; it will also be replaced by the new NExT test.
After the Undergraduate Medical Education Board (which establishes standards for undergraduate courses), the Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (which establishes standards for post-graduate courses), the Medical Assessment and Rating Board (which evaluates and rates medical education institutions), and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board (which regulates the conduct of physicians and registers them), this will be the fifth autonomous board under the NMC.
Additionally, the draft bill suggests adding language to the parent act that would place the Delhi high court in charge of handling any legal actions brought by medical schools or other institutions against the commission. This is significant because Kerala was the first state to challenge the NMC’s fee regulation order, and the state’s highest court ultimately ruled in favor of the institution, declaring that the order would not be applicable there. According to the NMC order, fees for 50% of the seats would be reduced to the levels of the state’s government medical colleges, and fees for the remaining 50% would be determined using a predetermined set of criteria.
The draft also provides that in cases of medical malpractice, patients and their families may appeal decisions of the state medical council to the National Medical Commission or the Ethics and Medical Registration board.