MBBS interns: NMC leaves MBBS interns at the mercy of private medical schools

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The National Medical Commission, despite several statements from medical students that interns at private colleges will receive an allowance equivalent to that paid to colleges run by the state government, has notified that interns will be “paid as set by the competent authority such as the institute or university or the state in which the candidate is doing his internship ”. This has already enabled interns to receive stipends far lower than those paid to government colleges in several states.

Kerala MP Rajya Sabha Binoy Vishwam wrote to the NMC on December 8, stressing that the allowance is paid “as a matter of law and not out of charity” and that NMC’s notification allowed “great ambiguity and arbitrariness” in the allowance. “It may also lead the management of private colleges to deny an allowance to MBBS trainees because they have complete discretion without any safeguard mechanism,” the letter said. In Kerala, most private colleges pay interns between Rs 6,000 and Rs 15,000 while the state government pays Rs 25,000. In most states, private colleges pay about 30% less than what is paid at public colleges.

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In the case of post-graduate residency, the NMC calendar clearly states that “residents of reputable private medical colleges / universities should receive an allowance equivalent to that of PG residents of government medical colleges in this state.” In 2017, the MCI Executive Committee did not approve the Academic Committee’s recommendation on the internship allowance for MBBS students stating that the Higher Medical Education (GME) regulations did not provide for the payment of a stipend. to the trainees and therefore the matter was beyond the competence of MCI. However, in 2018, the Board of Governors which replaced the MCI considered introducing a provision in the GME regulation which stated: “All applicants pursuing a compulsory rotating internship at the institution from which the MBBS course was taken. , will receive an allowance equivalent to the allowance. paid to trainees of the state government medical institution / central government medical institution in the state / Union territory where the institution is located. ”

The provision was never introduced and the BoG was dissolved, after which the MCI was replaced by the NMC, which was to strengthen regulation of private colleges, which the MCI had been accused of failing to do. However, the NMC asked for comments on a draft regulation on compulsory rotational internships, 2021 on April 21 this year, in which it left the setting of the allowance to the “competent authority”. No changes were made after the comments and the unchanged draft was released on November 18.

“The central government has the power to intervene and change this decision of the NMC. Article 45 of the NMC Law states that the commission and the autonomous councils “in the exercise of their powers and the exercise of their functions under this law, are bound by the directives on matters of policy that the central government can give ”. This problem has dragged on since 2017, since the days of MCI, ”said Dr KV Babu, who wrote to the ministry and the NMC to request an urgent response to this problem.


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