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MCI Suspends Licenses Of 5 Doctors For Up To 5 Years On Complaints Of “Medical Negligence” From 3 Victims Backed By PBT: West Bengal Medical Council Refuses To Take Action Against Errant Doctors

In a shocking display of mockery of the medical justice system, West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) is refusing to suspend the medical registrations of 5 doctors based in West Bengal whose were found guilty for “medical negligence” by the Medical Council of India (MCI), highest medical regulatory body in India. On 23rd January, MCI wrote to WBMC Registrar asking to take necessary action to suspend medical licenses of 5 doctors who are registered with WBMC for a period of 6 months to 5 years because they were found guilty of causing death of three patients in hospitals in Kolkata, Nadia and Malda. Licenses of Drs. Tapan Mukherjee, Kamal Kumar Das and Joydeep Basu of Uma Medical Center on VIP Road, Kolkata were suspended for a period between 1 and 5 years for causing death of 31-year old wife of Dr. Biman Saharoy during a simple gall stone operation while license of Dr. N.R. Saha, a gynecologist at Malda Nursing Home was suspended for 1 year for causing death of 30-year old wife of Mr. Subir Roy of Malda and license of Dr. Kamal Majumder of Kalyani Hospital was suspended for causing death of 22-year old daughter of Mr. Radhamadhab Das during a simple appendectomy (see the news reports below).

After these victims from different parts of West Bengal came to PBT seeking justice for the wrongful death of their loved ones, they were guided to move the medical council as well as consumer court. The devious WBMC either dismissed or indefinitely delayed hearing of the complaints against doctors, the victims lodged appeal to MCI under section 8.7 or 8.8 of MCI “Code of Medical Ethics & Regulations” (these laws were created by Supreme Court of India in response to a PIL filed by PBT in 2000). While MCI found all 5 doctors guilty for medical negligence and directed WBMC to suspend the licenses of the errant doctors for a specified period of time, WBMC has remained absolutely silent as the negligent doctors continue practice medicine. PBT has lodged a formal complaint with WBMC Registrar, Mr. D.K. Ghosh, urging him to immediately suspend the licenses of the guilty doctors failing which PBT may move the court of law for the ends of justice.

Statesman (Feb 8, 2015) license cancelHindu (Feb 8, 2015)Telegraph (Feb 8, 2015)

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  • Seshadri R February 10, 2015, 1:53 am

    Good news that five doctors are recommended by MCI for suspension for medical negligence. But the question here who is more powerful MCI or State body ? The same doubts were raised Gujarat Medical Council has raised a year ago regarding Ketan Desai’s suspension by MCI. Their should be an overriding law that if MCI recommends suspension, it should be accepted by SMC or it should raise objection with in the stipulated period and matter to be resolved by MCI and SMC. Only if there is no interference by any political parties in the functioning of MCI and SMC ad especially as regards ethics and code of conduct, the health care system will improve. Supreme court should initiate a sumo-to case and legislate functioning of MCI and SMC as this issue is slowly becoming more and more public importance and politician play with the life of the public.

    PBT also should take initiative to resolve the above issue and we are aware it is very difficult task. But we all should take it up in the public forums and all the leading doctors also should come forward to cleanse the system.

  • SUSANTA BANERJEE February 21, 2015, 11:37 pm

    What are the procedures and the documents required for proving against errant doctor/ s ? pl. guide me.