Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, and National Dental Commission Bill

On 24th July, 2023, the central government presented the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023, and the National Dental Commission Bill, 2023, in Lok Sabha.

Key Points:

  • Objectives: The bills aim to establish the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission and the National Dental Commission, respectively, to enhance regulation and education in the nursing and dental professions in India.
  • National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill: The bill aims to create the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission (NNMC) to regulate and maintain standards of education and services provided by nursing and midwifery professionals.
  • Repealing the Indian Nursing Council Act: The bill will repeal the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947, with the objective of streamlining nursing education in India.
  • Enhancing Access and Research: The NNMC is expected to improve access, research, development, and adoption of the latest scientific advancements in the field of nursing and midwifery.
  • Number of Registered Nursing Personnel: As of 2022, there were approximately 33.41 lakh registered nursing personnel in India, according to records from the Indian Nursing Council.
  • National Dental Commission Bill: The bill seeks to set up the National Dental Commission (NMC) to regulate the profession of dentistry in the country.
  • Repealing the Dentists Act: The bill aims to repeal the Dentists Act, 1948, and replace it with the NMC to ensure quality and affordable dental education and accessible high-quality oral healthcare.
  • Number of Registered Dentists: According to government data, there are approximately 2.89 lakh registered dentists in India.