Indian Medical Association (IMA) opposed the NEET PG 2021 Draft Postgraduate Medical Education Regulation Bill 2021 on Monday, saying that it was “against the autonomy and envisioned role of the States in working towards the Public Health as the right of the citizens”.
The new bill would get all medical seats filled by the central government and the state governments would have no role in this. IMA demanded that the current system for admission and selection in PG seats for medical studies must continue.
“NMC shall withdraw this anti federal, anti-student and anti-democratic, anti-patent care, and public health draft bill and try to initiate dialogue with the stakeholders to understand the ground reality and do course correction to ensure uniform standards of education is provided and equally uniform pattern of the scale of pay, stipend and facilities are provided to interns, faculties and residents too,” IMA said in its statement.
NMC is excluding state governments:
IMA said that the original Medical Council of India (MCI) consisted of democratically elected state representatives who looked out for state welfare, but NMC, which was full of nominated people was slowly excluding the state governments from medical education administration.
How is PG medical admission carried out now?
Postgraduate medical admission is held across India through PG NEET 50% of admission is done by the all-India quota by the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) and the rest 50% seats were admitted by the state government as per the state social justice norms with NEET PG marks by the Directorate of Medical Education of the respective state.
“But now the draft regulation says: There shall be common counselling for admission in all Medical Educational Institutions to all Postgraduate Broad -Specialty courses (Diploma/ MD/ MS) on the basis of merit list of the National Exit Test and to all Postgraduate Super- Specialty courses (DM/MCh) on the basis of merit list of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.”
Since the state medical colleges are staffed and managed by the state government budget, IMA says it is important to continue with the existing PG medical admission process.
The culture and language connection factor:
IMA also mentioned that if PG medical students got admission in non-native states, there would be a language and culture barriers.
The community connection is amplified in the healthcare system when students are connecting with their known-people instead of those from different states.
NEXT PG Exam:
IMA said that NMC had not clarified the details about the proposed NEXT exam starting from 2023. The scores students get in this exam will be valid for three years and they can re-appear only after three years.
“NMC should come out with the pattern and type of examination after having wider democratic consultation with the student’s body, faculty, States, and largest professional body IMA,” IMA said in its statement.
What IMA said on the district residency:
IMA welcomes the district residency adding that it will however overcrowd and hamper the working in medical college departments if the time period for them was three months.
Moreover, it would also hamper the continuous theory and practical training of students if they spent three months in a district hospital, it said. It called for the time period to be reduced to one month.
On other proposals in PG medical studies:
IMA said that the revised proposals for broad speciality and multiple super speciality courses had been proposed without due considerations of the students’ opinion and often changing this like this will create uncertainty and heartburn for the students preparing for the NEET SS exams.
IMA also spoke against opening up a dual degree in PG medical studies and the simulatenous PhD factor saying that they would jeopardize the clinical acumen and involvement of postgraduates in patient care.
It also said that NCM was acting as a silent spectator when the issues of interns, medical students, and also the registered doctors are raised.
“NMC fails to respond to the death of 1,589 doctors in COVID-19 nor issues of violence on doctors. However, they want to make inroads of mixopathy and centralizing powers at the cost of states,” IMA said in a statement.
In an official notification released on August 6, NBE announced to reopen NEET PG 2021 registration and edit window from August 16. Those who completed their internship from July 1 to September 30 will be able to apply till August 20. Through the edit window, candidates will be able to change category and EWS staus in NEET PG 2021 application form in the given deadline.