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National Medical Commission Act, 2019

The relevance, provisions and the implications of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019 for the future of medical education and health practice in the country are examined here. This act is a step towards improving governance and introducing reforms with the potential to create an enabling environment, and facilitate standardisation in processes and transparency in the functioning of the health sector.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019 enacted by Parliament is a landmark act. The act has generated a lot of debate and strong reactions—both for and against it. In this article, the relevance, provisions and the implications of this act for the future of medical education and health practice in the country are examined.

Medical interventions and health technology are in a phase of rapid metamorphosis globally. The benefits of rapid scientific developments, technological advancements, and improved and targeted interventions in the health sector have changed the lives of millions. People are living longer (WHO 2019b) and healthier lives (Ortiz-Ospina and Roser 2016). The simultaneous improvement in education, income, and other social determinants has also contributed to this phenomenal rise in life expectancy. Life expectancy in India improved from below 50 years in the 1950s to 76 years in the recent years (World Bank 2019). Medical education needs in the 21st century are vastly different from those in the previous century. The report of the Lancet Commission on medical education for the 21st century (Frenk et al 2010) notes

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Updated On : 24th Jun, 2020

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