August 22, 2010

Bill soon to regulate medical education

The government is preparing a bill to regulate and coordinate medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and paramedical education in the country, parliament was informed Friday.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the government proposed to bringing reforms in the health sector, especially in coordinating all aspects of medical education.

He said the government is considering the setting up of an overarching regulatory body called the National Council for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH) that will coordinate all aspects of medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and paramedical education.

'The bill for the proposed council is being worked out in consultation with various stakeholders,' Azad added.

He said in order to make the proposed council more effective that the existing system, it is proposed to trifurcate the regulatory functions of the council by forming three bodies under its ambit for accreditation, academics, ethics and registration.

Apart form its regulatory work, the proposed council will also enhance the supply of skilled manpower in the health sector.

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