The new National Medical Council will create four autonomous boards — UGME (Undergraduate Medical Education Board), PGME (Postgraduate Medical Education Board), MAR (Medical Assessment and Rating) Board and EMR (Ethics and Medical Registration) Board. Permission to start medical colleges, including PG and super-specialty courses, or increase in the number seats, will be granted by the MAR Board.
The IMA statement said the Bill bestows such widespread power to the Board that it was liable to be misused. The Bill allows practitioners of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy (AYUSH), to practise modern medicine after they complete a short-term bridge course. The IMA claimed that such people will have two registrations, one with BAMS and BHMS council and another with NMC.
According to the IMA, “These are the flood gates that have been opened up in terms of the statutory provisions for backdoor entry into medical profession.”