The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023 and the National Dental Commission Bill, 2023 by voice vote after a brief discussion on Tuesday. The Lok Sabha had passed these two Bills on July 28.

According to a release issued by the Health Ministry, the key highlights of the proposed Act include the establishment of national and state commissions, tenure and accountability and uniform admission process and competence, among others.

The Nursing and Midwifery Bill brings along several crucial provisions to elevate the standards of nursing education and services, enhance professional conduct, and ensure greater transparency and accountability, the government said. It will replace the existing Indian Nursing Council with a modern regulatory structure.

Under the proposed NNMC Act, a national nursing and midwifery commission and autonomous boards at the national level will be established and corresponding state nursing and midwifery commissions will also be set up to regulate and maintain education and service standards, oversee professional conduct, and manage online and live registers,” notes the Health Ministry. It added that the commission will implement a standardised admission process to ensure consistency across nursing education and will encourage the use of cutting-edge technology and innovation in nursing education.

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