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Why MCI Remains Silent About “Ethics Committee” Meetings To Decide Pending Complaints Against Negligent And Unethical Doctors?

For the past almost 1 year, there is absolutely no information posted on Medical Council of India (MCI) website about the current status of investigation of the numerous complaints lodged against doctors in India.  The last “Ethics Committee” minutes posted on MCI website is dated 24th May, 2013, long before the new MCI was constituted last December under the leadership of Gujarat-based doctor, Jayasree Mehta, a close associate of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai.  After coming to power, members of new MCI (with many known supporters of Dr. Ketan Desai) promptly formed an “Ethics Committee” headed by one Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad, a long-time ally of Dr. Desai who also voted to make him MCI president in 2009.  PBT has learned from reliable sources that the new “Ethics Committee” has already met on several occasions and exonerated many accused doctors who had been facing serious charges including Dr. Desai himself whose registration was suspended in 2010 in response to complaint from PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha.  The new “Ethics Committee” has also acquitted Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra, another known Dr. Desai crony and ex-MCI member with grossly tainted background who was found guilty and recommended for “major penalty” by CBI for alleged corruption with granting tender for construction of new MCI building  between 2000 and 2003.  Ironically, instead of a “major penalty”, the new MCI has promoted Dr. Mishra and recently made his chairman of MCI “Academi Counil”.

Why MCI is reluctant to post details of “Ethics Committee” meetings on their website for public information?  Unfortunately, the answer is too obvious to all of us.  Incidentally, in response to an appeal by PBT working committee member and a victim of gross “medical negligence” (Case no. CIC/SG/A/2011/003627/17318; Mr. S.P. Manchanda vs. PIO & Law Officer, MCI) for violation of RTI Act, 2005, Central Information Commission (CIC)  directed in 2012 that MCI must promptly post minutes of all meetings on their website for transparency and honesty.  Of course, with so many members with tainted background and under direct or indirect control of Dr. Ketan Desai, no wonder the new MCI is in no mood to give any heed to the CIC order.  PBT is planning to move a “contempt” petition against the deliberate and sinister act by the new MCI.

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  • agrwl April 14, 2014, 4:50 am

    NEED FOR COMMON LICENTIATE EXAM
    SCRES OF PVT MEDICAL COLLEGES WERE RECOGNIZED BY KETAN DESAI ON THE BASIS OF CORRUPTION. THEIR FACILITIES AND FACULTY EXIST ONLY ON PAPER. THEY OPENLY ADVERTISE IN NEWS PAPERS ON DAILY BASIS THEIR RATES FOR ADMISSION AND FOR PASSING THEM FROM THEIR OWN PVT UNIVERSITIES. NOWHERE QUALITY OF STUDENT ADMITTED OR QUALITY OF DOCTOR PRODUCED IS CHECKED BY GOVT. THESE DUBIOUS DOCTORS MAY CAUSE MAJOR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. IT IS HIGH TIME GOVT ADMINISTER LICENTIATE EXAM TO KNOW IF THEY HAVE BASIC MINIMUM KNOWLEGE BEFORE ALLOWING THEM TO PLAY WITH OUR LIFE. OR DOES GOVT CONSIDER CITIZENS AS GUNIA PIGS ?

  • agrwl April 14, 2014, 8:13 am

    HAR TARAF JOOT MACHI HE
    LUTERO KA HI RAJ KYU HE
    GALIB KUCH TO BATA
    HE DUNEEYA ITNI KHARAB KYU HE

  • WeBringTheChange April 15, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2011/003627/17318, dated 13 February 2012 of CIC, wherein it is ruled as follows-“The Commission however notes that a regulator cannot function effectively if it does not track complaints and action taken on these in a systematic manner. The Commission therefore under its powers under Section 25(5) recommends to the Medical Council of India that it should list all the complaints received by and the action taken on all such complaints preferably in a computer in a manner that information about such complaints, action taken on them and the final outcome can be easily accessed. To achieve this, the Commission recommends that all information about complaints received after 01 April 2012 be displayed on the website of the Medical Council of India”

  • betterindia April 16, 2014, 8:34 am

    Someone needs to file a complaint with Central Information Commission about non-compliance with its order mentioned in the above posts. CIC has no way of knowing that its order is not implemented. Such complaint can be filed under Section 18 of the RTI Act 2005, and is better filed by someone located in Delhi so that he can personally attend hearing of his complaint and argue the case; personal attendance makes a lot of difference in outcome. If the complaint is successful, as it should be on merits, MCI will be forced to display complaints, status of their processing and outcome on its website, and such transparency can go a long way in curbing the malpractices of few miscreants. Can the Delhi coordinator of PBT can do this?

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