Parliament Clears Bill To Regulate Allied & Healthcare Professions; Establish National Commission & State Councils

April 08, 2021

The Lok Sabha has passed the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, to regulate and standardize the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals in India, on 16th Mar 2021. The Bill has the potential to create a paradigm shift in healthcare delivery by recognizing specialized skills and contributions of more than 56 types of healthcare workers, such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Ophthalmic Sciences, Nutrition Sciences, Trauma, Burn Care Surgical/ Anesthesia related Technology, etc., which will be grouped into 10 categories. The Bill also contemplates establishment of a National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions and Councils at the state level to oversee such professions.