National Medical Commission Act

The National Medical Commission Act: Travesty of reform

Print edition : September 27, 2019

In New Delhi, a protest by doctors and students from the Indian Medical Association on July 29. Photo: PTI

At Patna Medical College and Hospital on August 2. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Another protest, at Jipmer, Puducherry, on August 1. Photo: S.S. KUMAR

Outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on August 1. Photo: Altaf Qadri/AP

At Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, on August 8. Photo: V. RAJU

At Government Vellore Medical College Hospital on August 8. Photo: V.M. MANINATHAN

At Ranchi, outside the Super Speciality Block of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, on July 31. Photo: PTI

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arriving in Parliament on August 1, the day the National Medical Commission Bill was ratified by the Rajya Sabha. Photo: Subhav Shukla/PTI

Voting for the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha on August 1. A TV grab. Photo: PTI

The government claims that the National Medical Commission Act will remove corruption in medical education and ensure access to quality health care, yet there are fears that it will legitimise quackery and surrender medical education to private players.
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