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Supreme Court Impleads and Issues Notice to Medical Council of India (MCI) On PBT’s PIL Against “Doctors’ Strike”

Supreme Court Justices H.K. Gokhale and R. Gogoi have directed to implead and issued notice to the Medical Council of India (MCI) after hearing all parties today in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT seeking a ban on “doctors’ strike” in India.  This PIL was moved by PBT after Indian Medical Association (IMA) called a nation-wide “doctors’ strike” to protest several moves by the government including introduction of the short-term rural medical course and formation of the Adhoc Governors’ body to run the MCI ever since the highest medical regulatory body was dissolved following the arrest of the disgraced ex-MCI chief, Ketan Desai, by the CBI for taking bribes from a private medical college in April, 2010.  In this PIL, PBT has claimed that “doctors’ strike” is immoral not only because the innocent patients suffer for no fault of their own but strike by our healers is also patently illegal in view of the provisions in the MCI “Code of Medical Ethics & Regulations” that has categorically stated that doctors cannot refuse treating patients who are in urgent need of medical care under any condition.  This PIL is expected to come for final disposal after the Apex Court re-opens in July following the summer vacation.

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