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National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professionals Bill, 2021

Topics Covered: Issues related to Health.

National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professionals Bill, 2021:


Context:

National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill passed by Parliament to regulate practice of allied and healthcare professionals.

Key features of the Bill:

  • The Bill seeks to set up a National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions to regulate and standardize the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals.
  • The functions of the proposed National Commission include framing of standards for education and practice, creating and maintaining an online Central Register of all registered professionals, providing basic standards of education, and providing for a uniform entrance and exit examination.
  • Under the legislation, only those enrolled in a State Register or the National Register as a qualified allied and healthcare practitioner would be allowed to practice as an allied and healthcare practitioner.

Definitions:

  1. The Bill defines an ‘allied health professional’ as an associate, technician, or technologist trained to support the diagnosis and treatment of any illness, disease, injury, or impairment.  Such a professional should have obtained a diploma or degree under this Bill.
  2. A ‘healthcare professional’ includes a scientist, therapist, or any other professional who studies, advises, researches, supervises, or provides preventive, curative, rehabilitative, therapeutic, or promotional health services.  Such a professional should have obtained a degree under this Bill.
  3. Allied and healthcare professions that are mentioned in the Bill include professionals working in life sciences,  trauma and burn care, surgical and anaesthesia related technology, physiotherapists, and nutrition science.

Significance:

  • The legislation will increase employment opportunities for the allied and healthcare professionals and provide dignity to their valuable works.
  • Also, there is an immense demand for the qualified healthcare professionals and the legislation will provide necessary impetus in providing affordable healthcare to the people.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Overview of the Bill.
  2. About the National Commission.
  3. Functions.
  4. Definitions.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of the Bill.

Sources: the Hindu.