The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020 was introduced in the Parliament on September 15th, 2020. The bill was presented by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. The bill aims to regulate and develop the standards of education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals.
These allied healthcare professionals are defined under the bill, as an associate or technologist trained to support the treatment of any illness, disease or injury. Such allied healthcare professionals should have obtained degree under the bill and the duration of such degree must be of a period of three to six years.
National Commission for Allied & Healthcare Professions
Under the bill, the National Commission for Allied & Healthcare Professions is being setup. The Commission will consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, one representative from the Directorate General of Health Services, three Deputy Directors appointed on a rolling basis from amongst AIIMS, AIIPMR. Under the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, the prior permission of State Council will be required to establish new institutions, courses, or admission of a new batch of students to existing institutions. As per the bill, if a person is not enrolled in a State Register or National Register, then that person is not allowed to practice as a qualified healthcare professional. And, if such person contravenes such provision, he/she will be liable with a fine of Rs.50, 000/-
Functions of the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill
The functions of the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill are as follows-
- The bill seeks to frame policies and standards for the regulation of education and practice.
- Creation and maintenance of an online Central Register of all registered professionals.
- Providing of basic standards of education, courses, training, examination, staff qualifications, etc.
- Providing of a uniform entrance examination among others.
Impact of the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill
The impact of the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill is as follows-
- The bill aims to create a better and improvised vision of healthcare system, with the advancement in technology based on multi-disciplinary team-care system, rather than a system only consisting of doctors and nurses.
- The bill will create an opportunities of millions of jobs for Allied Healthcare Professionals by which India can be benefited out of such opportunities by investing in training and capacity building of Allied Healthcare Professionals with global standard.
- The bill will also provide an opportunity for the participation of women in workforce. According to a report of WHO, out of total healthcare workers, 38% are females and therefore, the Allied Healthcare Professional job roles are comparatively women friendly according to the previous statistics.
- The bill seeks to provide quality and standardized training programs to the Allied Healthcare Professionals. The programs provided under the bill are largely guided by National Occupation Standards and Health Sector Skill Council. This will ensure standardized healthcare delivery system providing millions of meaningful jobs, particularly for women.
The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020 will make a significant contribution to the healthcare delivery system. In the past, this sector was highly fragmented and it lacks role clarity, and its unregulated nature. It was mainly due to the absence of any central regulatory authority. The Allied and Healthcare Professionals will provide a range of services like technical, diagnostic, curative, therapeutic, etc. and under the guidance of doctors and nurses, these professionals will scale up the healthcare services.
The bill also recognizes 53 professions of Allied Healthcare Professionals, which will create a working balance between medical professionals and Allied Professionals and will setup guidelines for education, services and regulation for these professionals. The bill has also taken in its view, the most important thing of India which is employment. The bill will provide millions of jobs to people and particularly providing employment to women, and which will be safe. So, in many ways this bill is a landmark in the Allied Healthcare Professions and once it is enacted, it will create multiple benefits.
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