New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2021 by voice vote with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying that the Bill is a step towards giving long due respect to the contribution of allied healthcare workers.
Replying to the debate on the Bill, Dr Vardhan said he had an opportunity to closely look at the contribution of the allied healthcare workers in the past one year.
‘This bill is a step towards giving long due respect to their contribution. It is a matter of personal satisfaction for me,” the Union Health Minister said.
He mentioned that the Government is now creating a regulatory framework for more than 50 allied healthcare services.
Dr Vardhan said through this Bill, employment opportunities will increase for the allied and healthcare professionals.
The Union Health Minister further said the Bill recognises the role of technicians and technology adding that it will a provide a robust infrastructure for the education for allied healthcare professions.
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.