Approval has been granted to the National Medical Commission Bill, which will replace Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body in coming days.
While a section of medical fraternity oppose the Bill, the Government holds the opinion that it will bring radical change in medical education of India being one of the biggest reforms.
The bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was passed with two new amendments. It will be introduced again in the Lower House before going to the President of India for his assent. Earlier on July 29, the Lower House Lok Sabha had passed the Bill.
The Bill is strongly opposed by medical students, doctors and members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), a voluntary organisation of doctors. As per the latest report, the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), United Resident Doctors` Association (URDA), and the Federation of Resident Doctors` Association (FORDA) will continue their indefinite strike on Friday. Protests have also been observed in various parts of India, affecting essential medical services across hospitals.