Expectations from National Commission for Homeopathy (NCH) – A Booster

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By Sarkaritel August 14, 2021 14:15


Recently the amendment Bill of National Commission for Homoeopathy was passed which has brought lots of hopes and expectations in Homoeopathic fraternity.

Parliament has passed the National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021introduced in Lok Sabha on August 9, 2021, which the lower house cleared on August 10, 2021. The National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021, aims at amending the National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020.

Moved by SarbanandaSonowal, Minister of Ayush, the National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021, aims to save the actions done, decisions made, liability incurred by the Board of Governors constituted as per the provisions of the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, till the constitution of National Commission under National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020.

Prof.Dr.A.K.Gupta, President Homoeopathic Medical Association of India, Delhi State Branch said that now it is expected that the irregularities in the education system will be taken care of for the better standard of education with complete transparency in everything.

National Commission for Homeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021

  • On July 5, 2021, the National Commission for Homoeopathy was constituted to supersede the Central Council constituted under the 1973 Act. On the same date, the 1973 Act was also repealed.

Earlier in Central Council of Homoeopathy  act  ,one could become the member only after winning the elections ,told Dr.A.K.Gupta. Provision was of 1 member over 1000 doctors from different states.

National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020

provides for a medical education system that improves access to quality and affordable medical education, ensures the availability of adequate and high-quality Homoeopathy medical professionals in all parts of the country.

Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973

  • The Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973, is a repealed Act of the Parliament of India. The Act comprised 5 chapters at the time of passing. The Act was repealed and replaced by the National Commission for Homeopathy Act, 2020.

The National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill proposes to amend the National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020 to provide a medical education system that improves access to quality and affordable medical education. The 2020 Act replaced the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973.

Rajya Sabha clears National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The bill was  cleared by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Moved by SarbanandaSonowal, Minister of Ayush/ the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill.

The National Commission for Homeopathy Bill which aims the availability of high-quality medical professionals both for homoeopathic treatment as well as in India.

It proposes a teacher’s eligibility test to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions. The National Commission will have three autonomous boards entrusted with conducting overall education of homoeopathy by the homoeopathy education board. The board of assessment and rating will grant permission to educational institutions, while the board of ethics and registration of homoeopathy practitioners will maintain the national register and address ethical issues.

Functions of the National Commission for Homoeopathy: Functions of the NCH include: (i) framing policies for regulating medical institutions and homoeopathic medical professionals, (ii) assessing the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure, (iii) ensuring compliance by the State Medical Councils of Homoeopathy of the regulations made under the Bill, and (iv) ensuring coordination among the autonomous boards set up under the Bill.

Autonomous boards: The Bill sets up certain autonomous boards under the supervision of the NCH.  These boards are: (i) the Homoeopathy Education Board:  It will be responsible for formulating standards, curriculum, guidelines for setting up of medical institutions, and granting recognition to medical qualifications at the undergraduate and post graduate levels respectively, (ii) the Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy:  It determine the process of rating and assessment of medical institutions and have the power to levy monetary penalties on institutions which fail to maintain the minimum standards  It will also grant permission for establishing a new medical institution, and (iii) the Board of Ethics and Medical Registration for Homoeopathy:  It will maintain a National Register of all licensed homoeopathic medical practitioners, and regulate their professional conduct.  Only those medical practitioners included in the Register will be allowed to practice homoeopathic medicine.

Advisory Council for Homoeopathy: Under the Bill, the central government will constitute an Advisory Council for Homoeopathy.  The Council will be the primary platform through which the states/union territories can put forth their views and concerns before the NCH.  Further, the Council will advise the NCH on measures to determine and maintain minimum standards of medical education.

Entrance examinations: There will be a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to under-graduate homoeopathy education in all medical institutions regulated by the Bill.  The NCH will specify the manner of conducting common counselling for admission in all such medical institutions.  The Bill proposes a common final year National Exit Test for the students graduating from medical institutions to obtain the license for practice.  Further, there will be a uniform Post-Graduate National Entrance Test which will serve as the basis for admission into post-graduate courses at medical institutions.

The Bill also proposes a National Teachers’ Eligibility Test for postgraduates of homoeopathy who wish to take up teaching homoeopathy as a profession.

Appeal on matters related to professional and ethical misconduct: State Medical Councils will receive complaints relating to professional or ethical misconduct against a registered homoeopathic medical practitioner.  If the medical practitioner is aggrieved of a decision of the State Medical Council, he may appeal to the Board of Ethics and Medical Registration for Homoeopathy.  The State Medical Councils and the Board of Ethics and Medical Registration for Homoeopathy have the power to take disciplinary action against the medical practitioner including imposing a monetary penalty.  If the medical practitioner is aggrieved of the decision of the Board, he can approach the NCH to appeal against the decision.  Appeal of the decision of the NCH lies with the central government.

 

Common Exit Exam and Licentiate Exam should improve quality education.

R&D departments in colleges should boost culture and understanding of research.National Teachers Eligibility Test should promote good teachers to take up the teaching and impart good practical training

Ratings of colleges will improve the status .

Prof.Dr.A.K.Gupta said all these will bring Homoeopathy to its level where it should be looked upon as firest choice of treatment for its efficacy and non toxicity.

 

Prof.Dr.A.K.Gupta,MD(Hom.)

Founder Director- AKGsOVIHAMS

President- Homoeopathic Medical Association of India, Delhi State Branch

M -7011842322 , Email- drakgupta@ovihams.com Web- www.ovihams.com

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By Sarkaritel August 14, 2021 14:15

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