Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2019
What to study?
For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of the Bill.
Context: The Bill was recently passed in the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill seeks to repeal the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973.
Key features (Note: Have a brief overview.)
Constitution of the National Commission for Homoeopathy: It will consist of 20 members, appointed by the central government and recommended by a Search Committee.
The Search Committee will consist of six members including the Cabinet Secretary and three experts nominated by the central government (of which two will have experience in the homoeopathic field).
Within three years of the passage of the Bill, state governments will establish State Medical Councils for Homoeopathy at the state level.
Functions of the National Commission for Homoeopathy: framing policies for regulating medical institutions and homoeopathic medical professionals, assessing the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure.
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.
Powers: 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.
Appeals: 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.