Panel axes health regulator bill
The Parliamentary panel said the selection process has been made very ambiguous and this issue must be addressed by the Health Ministry.
"The Bill says chairperson and members of the Commission and its constituents can be removed by the Central government, which too is a very ambiguous provision. Such power should be vested with the President as is the case in the Higher Education and Research Commission Bill, 2011," it said.
The panel has also rejected the provision of the Bill which allows for instruction of medical education in distance mode, saying such instruction has to be through a regular course.
Another provision of the Bill which came under criticism is the one that says 'in cases where no order in establishment of an institution for imparting health education or a new course of study has been given by the Commission for one year, it would be deemed to be approved by the Commission in the form it was submitted'.
"This clause is susceptible to misuse and must be made much more stringent," the panel said.
The Bill is likely to impact the availability of health professionals and infrastructure, it said.
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