AIIMS Professor Dr S C Sharma appointed first chairman of National Medical Commission

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Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma, the head of Department of ENT at AIIMS Delhi was on Thursday appointed the chairman of National Medical Commission, according to a Personnel Ministry order. After the enactment of NMC Act, last year the National Medical Commission is now the prime regulator of medical affairs in the country, replacing decade old Medical Council of India.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Sharma for a period of three years or till the age of 70 years, it said.

Rakesh Kumar Vats, the secretary general in the board of governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI), has been appointed as the secretary of the Commission for the similar term.

President Ram Nath Kovind had on August 8 given assent to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019, which provides for a system that improves access to quality and affordable medical education and ensures availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals in all parts of the country, among others.


The national Medical commission had drawn widespread criticism from all quarters of India , especially due to exit entrance and community health providers clause which is still a bone of contention between government and doctors.

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