A Bill for regulation of standards of health education, and determination, maintenance, coordination and promotion of human resources in the country’s health sector was tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
The National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011 seeks to establish the National Commission for Human Resources for Health, which will also regulate professional councils in various disciplines of health sector.
Introduced by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Bill proposes to replace independent regulatory bodies such as the Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI), Pharmacy Council of India and Nursing Council of India with new national councils, including a Paramedical Council.
The Bill seeks to consolidate the law in certain disciplines of health sector and promote human resources in that sector and provide for mechanism for the determination, maintenance, coordination and regulation of standards of health education throughout the country.
It would also be the task of the Commission to ensure effective use of linkages in the entire health system.