New Delhi, Mar 24 : Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha said the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2021 aims to establish a statutory body that frames policies and standards, regulate professional conduct and qualifications for allied health care professionals.
The Rajya Sabha had passed the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020 on March 16.
Moving the Bill for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha, Dr Vardhan said the Bill provides for uniformity of service standards across institutions. He said a common regulatory has been prepared for all allied professions.
In his opening remarks while moving the Bill for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha, Dr Vardhan said, “Please recall any hospitalisation you have had and those who helped you recover. You may remember the doctor but possibly not the allied staff. I am speaking of lab technicians, radiographers, dietitians, etc, who are as much part of your recovery as the doctors.’
Terming the Bill as a great historic milestone, the Union Health Minister said this bill has the potential to create a paradigm shift in health professionals’ situation.
‘We are witness to the pandemic and we have been witnesses to the invaluable contribution of these professionals during this period,” the Union Health Minister said.
The Bill seeks to regulate and standardise the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals.
It defines ‘allied health professional’ as an associate, technician, or technologist trained to support the diagnosis and treatment of any illness, disease and injury.
The Bill has a provision to set up the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions. Under the legislation, a provision has been made that no person is allowed to practice as a qualified allied and healthcare practitioner other than those enrolled in a State Register or the National Register.
Initiating the discussion on the Bill, Suresh Narayan Dhanorkar said he and his party supports the Bill.
He said 90 per cent of the recommendations of the Standing Committee on the Bill have been accepted and included in the Bill.
The Congress member said allied health workers have played a very important role during the Corona period.
Dr Subhash Bhamre of BJP said the health workers should be provided with high quality training and they would have to keep on giving new training with the change of technique from time to time.
He also demanded that the families of the health workers should be provided social security.