The Medical Council of India (MCI) decided to suspend Dr. Ketan Desai’s right to practice medicine on October 9, 2010 as a result of an appeal from the PBT which was reported by the national and international media. Two weeks later, Dr. Desai still has his license to practice medicine because the Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has refused to cancel Dr. Desai’s registration on the basis of the MCI’s recommendation. Staying completely silent for almost six months since receiving our complaint against Dr. Desai, the GMC has requested the PBT president earlier this week to file a new complaint in accordance to the GMC rules (click here for the GMC letter)
Shockingly, while the GMC letter is dated October 7, 2010, it was emailed to the PBT president only on October 19, 2010, i.e. 10 days after the MCI decided to suspend Dr. Desai. Obviously, the sole intention of the GMC, which is run by the cronies of Desai, is to shield Dr. Desai even at this juncture. Ironically, Dr. Desai still is the President of the GMC, as can be seen on GMC website (WWW.GMCGUJARAT.ORG). The GMC has clearly made a total mockery of the entire healthcare regulatory system that has also undermined the supreme appellate authority of the MCI over the state medical councils as stipulated under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. PBT has urged the MCI “Board of Governors” to take expedited measures to compel the devious GMC for immediate cancellation of Dr. Desai’s registration and prevent him from practicing medicine.