Call it an identity card for all medical practitioners. If the information gathered is to be believed all of them now have to register with the National Medical Commission (NMC) besides state medical councils and get a Unique Identification Number to practice in India.

Already a notification has been issued stating that the data will be updated in the National Medical Register. This National Medical Register will be made available to the public and displayed on the NMC's website.

Also, the website will display information regarding a medical practitioner such as registration number, name, date of registration, place of working (name of hospital/institute), medical qualification, including additional medical qualification, specialty, and name of the institute or university where the qualification was obtained.

This means any practicing doctor who does not carry a Unique Identification number will be treated as “jhola chap” Doctor and can be punished.

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