The government is all set to table the National Dental Commission(NDC) Bill, 2022 in the upcoming Winter Session of the parliament. The restructuring of the Dental Council of India (DCI) into NDC is proposed to be exactly similar to the conversion of the Medical Council Of India to the National Medical Commission(NMC).
Dr. Mahesh Verma who is the Vice-Chancellor at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi says that it is very important to bring this NDC bill to the parliament. The duties of NDC will be similar to those performed by DCI currently.
The re-structuring of MCI to NMC was done around two and a half years ago. Hence, the restructuring of NDC is proposed on similar grounds. It is said that there are multiple representations before the central government nominee.
In order to ensure that there is always a small body that can operate in harmony with the central body, the state government, state universities, and state councils will be represented on a rotating basis.
The motive behind NDC is to be more efficient, effective and be able to take more quick decisions.
The coming of NDC is expected to be a huge step towards the improvement of dental education and quality of dental care for the common man. Experts are hoping for better guidelines on dental education and a better future for dental students through this proposal.
However, some doctors are of opinion that The Dentist Act, 1948 is better than the proposed NDC. The bill would not eradicate the malpractice which is the actual problem and it will be like turning a blind eye to it.
Dr. Anil Kumar Chandna who is a member of the executive committee of DCI said that NDC is not a democratic body like DCI and hence the bill needs further rectification before its introduction into the parliament.
The government should try to rectify the silent lines in the Dentist Act 1948 itself instead of bringing NDC into the picture, he proposes.
Source : The Economic Times