Panel axes health regulator bill
Under the Bill, the proposed Commission suggested of setting up three constituent bodies -- the National Board of Health Education, the National Evaluation and Assessment Committee and the National Councils like the MCI, the DCI and the PCI.
The Parliamentary Committee, however, has taken note of the concerns expressed by representatives of the existing regulating councils who claimed their role under the new law had been relegated to merely maintenance of medical registers.
"We note the concerns expressed by Councils that their autonomy and democratic setup have been taken over under the bill. We feel these apprehensions need to be appropriately addressed by the government. Also the concern that there is no element of election in the composition of the commission and its constituents also needs to be addressed. This part has been objected to by the states also," the panel report said.
The Parliamentary panel also decided against going in for clause-by-clause consideration of the bill, saying it did not require that attention as it had serious loopholes.
To start with, the Committee rejected the composition of the Commission which gives no representation to states.
"We are aware that health is a state subject but health education figures in the Concurrent list. However composition of the commission gives no representation to states. We recommend to revisit the institutions of national commission, national board and national evaluation and assessment committee to give representation to states," the report said.
The Parliamentary panel also questioned
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