SEEKING TO ease the norms for organising new medical schools, the National Medical Commission (NMC), the nation’s apex medical schooling regulator, has proposed a rest within the obligatory requirement of getting a “fully functional” hospital for not less than two years earlier than beginning a medical faculty. This exemption will apply solely to organisations which have expertise in operating a medical faculty and 1,000-bed multi-speciality hospital elsewhere within the nation.
According to the present Establishment of Medical College Regulations, the particular person organising the faculty should “own and manage a fully functional minimum 300-bedded hospital with necessary infrastructural facilities capable of being developed into a teaching institution… the hospital should be fully functional for a minimum period of two years.”
Now, in a draft notification, the NMC has stated that “the condition of ‘fully functional hospital for a minimum period of two years’ shall not apply in case of universities and deemed universities having experience of establishing and running fully functional recognised medical colleges and hospitals of 1,000 bed or more, for at least two years, anywhere in India.”
It provides sure riders: “The building of both the hospital and medical college is owned and managed by the same organisation; the building of the proposed medical college has not been used for any other purpose before…; and at the time of the application, (it) has an established multi-speciality hospital with at least 1,000 in-patient beds and fulfilling all other norms under the regulation”.
The NMC has sought public feedback on the draft notification for a interval of 30 days.
The transfer is being seen as a part of the try to extend medical seats throughout the nation. The variety of MBBS seats within the nation has elevated from simply over 51,000 in 2014 to virtually 92,000 for the 2022-23 batch. The authorities has supported enhance within the variety of seats in current schools, organising new schools with current district hospitals, and organising new AIIMS.
“There have been discussions about relaxing the norm of having an established hospital to help in increasing the number of medical seats in the country. It was initially a three-year period, which was then reduced to two years. Now, it has been done away with,” stated a senior official of a non-public medical faculty. “Any hospital takes some time to get established and see patients coming in. Now, if that (rule) is relaxed, medical colleges can be established at the same time that the hospital is being set up. So how can the students be taught in the initial years? Also, having a college and hospital in different parts of the country doesn’t really help,” stated the official.
“This will help in rapidly increasing the number of medical colleges and help in achieving the Prime Minister’s vision of having a medical college in each district of the country,” stated Dr J C Passey, dean of World College of Medical Sciences and Research in Rohtak.