The Union health ministry has issued the final draft National Dental Commission Bill, 2020. The draft bill is primarily aimed at setting up a National Dental Commission (NDC) and repealing the Dentists Act, 1948.
The Bill is envisaged to offer quality and affordable dental education, ensure availability of adequate and high quality dental professionals in the country. Its objectives also include promoting national health goals that encourages dental professionals to adopt latest dental research in their work and to contribute to research.
The bill has been prepared and released for comments of the general public and other stakeholders.
This is also aimed at periodic and transparent assessment of dental institutions in the country and to facilitate maintenance of a dental register for India.
“Accordingly, a draft National Dental Commission Bill has been prepared and attached for comments of the general public or stakeholders. Comments may be furnished via e-mail at v.ihal97 firstname.lastname@example.org on or before February 20, 2020. This will lead to framing an Act which may be called the National Dental Commission (NDC) Act,” according to a union health ministry notice.
It is also aimed at promoting equitable and universal oral healthcare that encourages community health perspective and makes services of dental professionals accessible to all the citizens.
The Act will enforce high ethical standards in all aspects of dental services that is flexible to adapt to changing needs and has an effective grievance redressal mechanism.
As per the Act, the Central government shall constitute a NDC to exercise the powers conferred upon, and to perform the functions assigned to it under this Act.
The commission shall be a body corporate by the name having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract. The head office of the Commission shall be at New Delhi.
The commission shall consist of the following persons to be appointed by the Central Government, namely (a) Chairperson, (b) 7 ex-officio members and (c) twenty two part-time Members.
The chairperson shall be a dental professional of outstanding ability, proven administrative capacity and integrity, possessing a post-graduate degree in any discipline of dentistry from any university and having experience of not less than twenty years in the field of dentistry, out of which at least ten years shall be as a leader in the area of dental education.
Following persons shall be the ex-officio members of the commission, namely (a) the president of the Under-Graduate Dental Education Board, (b) the president of the Post Graduate Dental Education Board, (c) the president of the Dental Assessment and Rating Board, (d) the president of the Ethics and Dental Registration Board, (e) the director general of Health Services, New Delhi, (f) chief of the Centre for Dental Education and Research. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, (g) one person to represent the Ministry of the Central Government dealing with health and family welfare, not below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by that Ministry.
The following persons shall be appointed as part-time members of the commission namely (a) three Members to be appointed from amongst persons of ability, integrity and standing, who have special knowledge and professional experience in such areas including management, law, medical ethics, health research, consumer or patient rights advocacy, science and technology and economics for a term of two years, (b) ten members to be appointed from amongst the nominees of the States and Union territories, under clauses (c) and (d) of sub-section (2) of section 11 in the Dental Advisory Council for a term of two years in such manner as may be prescribed, (c) nine members to be appointed from amongst the nominees of the States and Union territories, under clause (e) of sub-section (2) of section II, in the Dental Advisory Council for a term of two years in such manner as may be prescribed.
There shall be a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to the undergraduate and postgraduate dental education in all Dental institutions which are governed by the provisions of this Act provided that the uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to the postgraduate dental education shall continue till the National Exit Test under sub-section 5 of section 15 comes into force
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