Exit exam will be made compulsory with an objective to improve the quality of MBBS graduates passing every year in order to accomplish the basic criteria which is related to quality and proper diagnosis by physicians for the society.
As per Tribune News Service, recently a decision has been made regarding the replacement of MCI (Medical Council of India) along with a confirmation to conduct an Exit Exam i.e. National Licentiate Examination (NLE) for those who want to practice medicine after completing MBBS degree. The Union Health Ministry had circulated a Cabinet note on a Bill seeking permission to replace MCI with a National Medical Commission for greater transparency. It is reported that a group of Ministers headed by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley has given seal of approval for National Medical Commission Bill, 2017. A revolutionary aspect of this Bill is to set up of an NLE (National Licentiate Examination) or Exit Exam which all MBBS graduates will have to clear after completing five and half years of education. It is thought that NMC will also manage UG and PG authorization.
“The NMC will essentially take over the entire sector for regulation. However, the problem is that there will not be many democratically elected doctors from States as members of NMC. A majority of members will be appointed, which is not agreeable for us,” said president, IMA, TS, Narasinga Reddy.
Although senior doctors who are familiar with the issue, point out that replacement of MCI and introduction of Exit Exam for MBBS students is an inevitable conclusion, IMA and other bodies representing doctors states that a massive protest will be well thought-out across the country in the upcoming days against the NMS Bill.
According to Dr. Narasinga Reddy, clearing an exit exam is quite unfair to MBBS students to prepare once again and appear for single exit test. As it is these students are burdened and this additional test will be a complication and if they fail the exit test, then they will lose their moral.
“The exit exam will end up making MBBS tougher for young medical graduates. What if they fail to clear this exam? The exit exam will only end-up demotivating students,” said P S Vijayender Reddy, president, TSJUDA, OGH.
The motive behind bringing this drastic change is to bring in transparency through the National Medical Commission. It would also monitor the medical education to control corruption.
We will keep you updated with latest information regarding this National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 and advance steps towards Exit Exam.
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