Healthcare professionals

The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020


Introduced by

Dr Harsha Vardhan

Minister of Health and Family Welfare


The bill proposes to regulate and standardize the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals with an aim to have a better and improvised healthcare system.


Salient Points ()

Objective of the Bill

The bill was introduced to bring standardization in education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals.

Defining Allied Healthcare Professional

Is defined as associate, technician, or technologist trained to support the diagnosis and treatment of any illness.

The study duration to get degree/diploma should be 2,000 hours.

Defining healthcare Professional

Is defined as a scientist, therapist, or provides health services like preventive, curative, rehabilitative.

The duration of the degree/diploma should be 3,600 hours.

Setting up of National Commission

National commission will consists of 23 professionals which includes -

  • 1 -  chairperson
  • 1 -  Vice chairperson
  • 5 -  members representing various departments in central government
  • 1- general of health service
  • 3 - Deputy directors from medical institutions like AIIMS
  • 12 - part time members of state councils

Functions of national commission

  • It will frame policies and standards for the regulation of education and practice.
  • Creation of online record of all registered professionals.
  • It will provide basic standard for  education, training, staff qualification etc.
  • It will ensure uniform entry and exit examination


Background Basics ()

Currently, there is no body to regulate allied heath service similar to Medical Council of India.


There is acute shortage of skilled manpower in healthcare system unable to meet healthcare requirement of the population


Key Stats ()

# of allied healthcare professional shortage in India

64.1 lakh

India may lose before 2030 due to NCD (non communicable disease) and mental health.

$4.58 trillion


15 Sep 2020

WHY (as per the govt)

Salient Points ()

This will have a better and improvised healthcare system based on multi team care system 

It will create millions of job opportunities for allied healthcare professionals.

This will create more opportunities for women workforce.

It will provide quality and standardize training programs for healthcare professionals.

WHY NOT (as per opposition)

Salient Points ()

This move will legitimate unqualified non-medical persons to practice independently and with hospitals - IMA  



Videos ()


Allied healthcare professionals include-

  • Psychologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Radiation Practitioners
  • Chiropractors
  • Podiatrists
  • Optometrists
  • Speech Pathology
  • Osteopaths
  • Chinese Medicine Practitioners
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologists


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