New Delhi: The Government of India is planning to amend the Medical Council of India (MCI) Act to allow Indian doctors, who have a graduate degree from foreign institutions, to practice in India without the mandatory tests and clearance.

The Union Health Ministry is planning to introduce a Draft Bill for it during the Budget session of the Parliament, Union Health Secretary P K Pradhan said.

Since 2002, students who have studied medicine abroad have had to appear for a screening test conducted by MCI, the regulatory authority for medical education.

Only those who clear the test, administered by the National Board of Examinations, get certificates from the state medical council permitting them to do a year-long internship in a university or hospital in the state.

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