Panel axes health regulator bill

Nov 23 2012, 20:37 IST
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Par panel axes health regulator bill! (Express) Par panel axes health regulator bill! (Express)
SummaryA Centre, states schism led to junking of bill by a Parliamentary panel to set up health regulator.

the panel report said.

The Parliamentary panel also decided against going in for clause-by-clause consideration of the bill, saying it did not require that attention as it had serious loopholes.

To start with, the Committee rejected the composition of the Commission which gives no representation to states.

"We are aware that health is a state subject but health education figures in the Concurrent list. However composition of the commission gives no representation to states. We recommend to revisit the institutions of national commission, national board and national evaluation and assessment committee to give representation to states," the report said.

The Parliamentary panel also questioned the fact that the Bill is silent on the selection of Commission members and members of its constituents as it only says, "the chairperson and members shall be appointed in such manner as may be prescribed.

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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