The Parliament passed two bills — National Commission for Homeopathy and the National Commission for the Indian System of Medicine Bill — on Monday. According to the Centre, the legislated proposal advocates even-handed and inclusive healthcare that makes every essential medical service of medical professionals unrestricted and available to every citizen. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan proposed both the bills and said these bills will improve the administrations of the Indian system of medicines and homeopathy.
The national homeopathy bill encourages medical professionals to take up the latest research in their respective work and to contribute to research with an objective of periodic and transparent assessment of the medical institutions and will take up the ethical standards of medical services.
The purpose and function of the national homeopathy bill
The national homeopathy bill proposes a medical system that will lift up access to qualitative and affordable medical education by ensuring the availability of sufficient and high-quality medical professionals for both homeopathic services along with the Indian System of Medicine. The Bill is derived from the Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973, aiming to provide adequate and qualitative medical professionals. It sets up the National Commission for Homeopathy which will hold 20 members who will be appointed by the Central Government
The bill aims to frame policies for regulating medical institutions and homeopathic medical professionals and accesses the requirements of healthcare-related human resources and infrastructure. This ensures agreement by the State Medical Councils of Homeopathy of the regulations and regulates the coordination among the autonomous boards set up under the bill.
Advisory council for national homeopathy bill
Both the bills also propose a constitution of Advisory Councils for homeopathy and for the Indian system of Medicine which will come up with measures to the Commission. The council will regulate and maintain standards of medical education in the country. This would be the primary platform through which the states and union territories can forward their concerns and views to NCH.
The entrance tests
It also envisages a National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test to get into under graduation and post-graduation course of homeopathy and other disciplines of the Indian System of Medicine to implement high ethical standards in all aspects of medical services. It also proposes a National Teacher’ Eligibility Test for postgraduates of homeopathy who are willing to take up homeopathy as a teaching profession.
The homeopathy (autonomous) boards under the NCH
Homeopathy Education board which will formulate standards, curriculum, guidelines for making the framework of the medical institution, and to grant the recognition to the medical qualifiers at the undergraduate and postgraduate level correspondingly.
The Board of Ethics and Medical registration for Homeopathy will maintain the record of the licensed homeopathic medicinal practitioners and regulate their professional tenure.
And the assessment and rating boards will keep a check on the medical institutions and will charge penalties if failed to maintain the standards. They can also permit the establishment of new medical institutions. The bills were opposed by the Opposition, saying the government needs to undertake more consultation. Rajya Sabha had passed the bills earlier in March 2020 and now the bills await the nod of President Ram Nath Kovind to become laws.