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British Medical Journal (BMJ) Article: Severe Criticism By Indian Doctors And Response By PBT President

Within days after BMJ, top international medical journal, published a thought-provoking debate-article on the role of large compensation against medical negligence in India, most doctors’ groups and individual doctors in India have erupted in severe criticism of the Apex Court’s judgment in Anuradha Saha death case.  BMJ has published one such sharp reaction from one Dr. Neeraj Nagpal, who is also the Convenor of “Medicos Legal Action Group” and ex-IMA president in Chandigarh, as well as the response (Author’s Reply) from PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha rebutting Dr. Nagpal’s criticism of court’s award against medical negligence.  These responses can be viewed at the BMJ website at WWW.THEBMJ.COM and are also posted below.

BMJ (Rapid Responses) Sept 1, 2014

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  • agrwl September 6, 2014, 2:23 am

    People for betterment of
    Foreign Medical Graduates
    President: R K Agrawal,
    231, Lalbaug, Morbi-2
    Gujarat
    Dt.30.08.2014
    To,
    Health minister,
    Govt of India,
    New Delhi
    Sub:- Providing level playing field to foreign medical graduates.

    Ref:- 1. PBFMG letter dated 30.06.2014 titled “ Plight of foreign medical graduates & ways to improve supply of competent doctors while eliminating all types of incompetent doctors.
    2. PBFMG letter dated 30.06.2014 titled ‘ Plight of foreign medical graduates’
    3. PBFMG letter dated 10.07.2014 titled ‘ National exit exam for medical graduates.

    R sir,
    We on behalf of PBFMG hearty congratulate you & the committee formed by your good self for having come up with the brilliant proposal of exit exam which ensures uniform standards in medical education by making it mandatory for permanent registration & at the same time not affecting supply by innovative provision of temporary registration.

    We also congratulate you & the committee to incorporate mandatory provisions to appear & pass the test for permanent registration, thereby overturning the malafide intention of MCI, giving option to local graduates to by pass the exam, to avoid scrutiny of doctors produced by medical mafia controlled private colleges under MCI’s own corrupt system. Hope, its their last try to avoid scrutiny of doctors produced by these dubious colleges. Let the people know if their competency level before allowing them to play with their life.

    Scores of private medical colleges openly auction their seats in crores & pass them from their own private universities by taking crores again. Concerns regarding standards of education in such colleges are systematically overlooked by MCI, deciding their recognition & derecognition based on the weight of suitcase such colleges carry for likes of ketan desai in MCI.

    Foreign medical graduates, on the other hand, are the committed souls to this profession, having earned their admission in adverse terrains, without paying a single paisa by way of black money & donations to MCI or the medical mafia. Their admissions were till recently directly monitored by MCI by way of eligibility certificate. The process was much cleaner than the way private college mafia takes admission in their colleges by open auction of seats through daily advertisement in local newspapers.
    Still private college mafia in convenience with likes of ketan desai in MCI, having received no black money or donation from foreign students, has long been branding foreign graduates as incompetent by subjecting them to highly discriminatory level of screening test designed purposely to fail students to incite fear psychosis of not to go abroad & rather fall pray to private college seats, filled at huge donations. It is requested to direct MCI to desist itself from branding of foreign graduates as incompetent till relative level of competence is established by uniform application of exit exam to foreign graduates vis-a-viz medical mafia controlled private college graduates.

    MCI in its history since independence didn’t find a single doctor fit for major penalty. It was foreign experienced doctor, who lost her wife while travelling to india, who compelled MCI to take few such steps in recent time through various litigations in which MCI was seen taking side of negligent doctors but MCI was forced to swallow her words, & thereby tought some lessions in competency to MCI itself.

    It is therefore requested to give level playing field to foreign medical graduates by applying all the provisions of exit exam including the provisions of temporary registration uniformly in toto, in letter & in sprit to allow fair comparison of foreign medical graduates vis-a-vis medical mafia controlled private college graduates & let the country know the actual competency level of both.

    Uniform application of exit exam to all, even if he is a foreigner, is the established norm world over. USA ,Canada, austrailia, newzealand or even the least developed Nepal follow this principal. In our case, these foreign graduates are not even foreigners. They are the very sons of mother india.

    If at all india chooses to play in the hands of media mafia & likes of ketan desai in MCI once again & apply different yard stick for local & foreign graduates, which I am sure it will not, then india will have the dubious distinction of being the only country in the whole world, doing so.

    This will send wrong signals the world over that medical mafia & likes of ketan desai in MCI still prevails in the country irrespective of political party in power.

    I sincerely hope BJP will not let it happen.

    Thanking you,

    yours faithfully,

    (Rk agrawal)

    Copy to Respected Prime Minister of PMO India

    Copy to medical council of india

  • agrwl September 6, 2014, 2:31 am

    It is shameful to note that medicos legal action group has blocked me from their facebook page. It also works as an exclusive doctors club just like MCI. I have been promoting the idea of uniform exit exam so that people of india know the actual competency levels of medical mafia controlled private colleges. What is wrong in it ?
    Scores of private medical colleges openly auction their seats in crores & pass them from their own private universities by taking crores again. Concerns regarding standards of education in such colleges are systematically overlooked by MCI, deciding their recognition & derecognition based on the weight of suitcase such colleges carry for likes of ketan desai in MCI.
    people of india have every right to know if these graduates have minimum basic skills before they are allowed to play with our life. Whats wrong in it except that it will lower the going rate of admission in medical mafia controlled private colleges

  • agrwl September 6, 2014, 9:57 am

    MEDICO LEGAL ACTION GROUP HAS BLOCKED ME. I ONLY CRITICIZED THE CRORES OF DONATION PRIVATE COLLEGES CONTROLLED BY MEDICAL MAFIAIT TAKES IN RETURN OF MEDICAL SEATS. THUS PRODUCING MONEY HUNGRY DOCTORS N NEDD TO CURB THE SAME. IT SHOWS IT WORKS IN CLOSE ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL MAFIA. THE CURRENT PRESIDENT IS EX PRESIDENT OF IMA. IT SEEMS THESE MEDICAL ENTITIES R EXCLUSIVE CLUB OF DOCTORS AS IF GENERAL PUBLIC IS NOT PART OF HEALTH CARE OR THEY THINK PUBLIC HAS NO SAY IN HEALTHCARE. I CONDEMN THIS BEHAVIOR OF MLAG