Parliamentary panel rejected Bill on health education standards

  • Setback to the Union Health & Family Welfare Ministry a Parliamentary committee rejected a Bill which sought to provide a mechanism to regulate standards of medical education in the country citing “serious apprehensions” raised by various stakeholders, including State governments.
  • In its report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health that considered the National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill, 2011, has recommended that the Ministry may withdraw this Bill and bring forward a fresh Bill after sufficiently addressing all the views, suggestions and the concerns expressed.
  • Committee has recommended keeping medical education and health research under the purview of the NCHRH Bill
  • In view of the apprehensions expressed by the various stakeholders – particularly the stand of the State governments that the legislation does not give representation to States – the Committee in its meeting on August 17, felt that the Bill in the present form cannot be recommended. “The Committee, therefore, decided not to go in for clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill and to recommend to the government to consider all shades of opinion and all the suggestions and bring forward a revised, comprehensive Bill before the Parliament,” the Committee said.
  • Agreeing with the viewpoint of the States that the composition of the Commission gives no representation to them, the Committee said several stakeholders have raised “serious apprehensions” on various provisions of the Bill and effectiveness of various bodies that are proposed to be established under the Bill.
  • Health is a state subject
  • The Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on last year and referred to the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare shortly afterwards.
  • The NCHRH Bill, 2011, and the Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011, had been tabled in Parliament after a long protracted debate over the jurisdiction of medical education.
  • The Human Resource Development piloted NCHER wanted medical education under it while the Health Ministry wanted a separate regulatory body.
  • Ultimately, it was decided that there would be some linkage between the two regulatory bodies but the two Bills would be tabled separately.

 

 

 

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