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Landmark medical bill passed by Rajya Sabha

Aug 01, 2019 20:32 IST

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Medical Commission Bill. The bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was passed by a voice vote, amid a walkout by the AIADMK. The bill provides for setting up a National Medical Commission in place of the Medical Council of India which will regulate all aspects of medical education and profession in India. It will also give legitimacy to over 3.5 lakh non-medical persons. The bill was also passed on a day when over 6 lakh resident doctors across India went on an indefinite strike against what they called a 'draconian' bill.