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Government Plans To Dismantle MCI And Establish New Body To Regulate Doctors But Will It Be A Real Change Or Another Political Stunt To Fool Public?

It is reported by the media today that Modi Govt. is hatching a new and big plan to overhaul the Medical Council of India (MCI) by stripping their supreme healthcare regulatory authority (as per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956)and to replace it with a different independent body for better efficiency and to avoid conflict of interests (see below). This would be a hugely positive change the way it has been painted by the government but will it? Or is it another familiar story of putting the old wine in a new bottle?

Since the BJP-led Modi government came to power, there has been little or no evidence that they are eager to cleanse the long-standing rot inside the MCI and entire healthcare delivery system except perhaps the recent introduction of the 3-member Oversight Committee to look into the function of the MCI. But Modi government had nothing to do with the Oversight Committee as it was formed at the specific direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court – last hope for justice for the millions of hapless patients in India. In fact, like the previous Congress-led government, corruption has continued to thrive in medical education and healthcare delivery system during the tenure of the Modi government. Despite PBT’s repeated appeals and lawsuits (PILs) against the MCI and Health Ministry, disgraced and criminally-indicted ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, is still pulling all the strings inside the MCI. Government has remained a silent spectator as Dr. Desai is promoted to the prestigious post of the president-elect for the World Medical Association (WMA) by top medical leaders in the MCI and IMA despite Dr. Desai’s medical registration remains suspended since his arrest by the CBI in 2010. We have seen no real action against any of the corrupt members in the healthcare system by the present government. We hope that the proposed change to dismantle the corrupt MCI is done without any sinister motive by the government only to save the vulnerable patients and not to hoodwink the ordinary people of India.

Financial Express (July 16, 2016)

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  • Saileswar Chakrabarti July 16, 2016, 11:20 am

    Our country has been unfortunately passing through critical situations from time immemorial because such scenarios are reportedly prevalent not only in Medical Council of India but also in Bar Council of India and other regulatory bodies in the country. Whoever comes to power by winning elections, almost same styles of operation are being followed in respective fields because of deterioration of values, humanity, qualities in integrity, honesty in the lives those selecting those manning ministries, making policies, running management and administration in three wings-Parliament, Judicial, and Executive. So, old lady under new garments are playing all such games.But can we remain idle? However, PBT has been doing its best from the very beginning of its birth in making desirable changes and achieving success, which is knocking at the door.

  • J M Jeyaraj July 16, 2016, 5:15 pm

    No political party would antagonize a person who can collect huge election fund from Medical colleges that collect hefty Capitation in Black money to admit-pass-award degree, at the cost of future Health care of the Country. Dental Council is not lagging behind.Only thing is that they dont flaunt like Medical Council. They do systematically and organized way in Dental COuncil. In spite of several cases of corruption pending before the courts, they carry on buying officials and politicians. The corrupt Dental council members are highly skilled and experts in colluding for achieving. One does not see possibilities of changing system in the Country in near future.

  • R Seshadri July 17, 2016, 5:06 am

    In recent writ WP (C) 2799 against MOHFW regarding appointment Bipin Batra, the counsel for NBE filed a affidavit in Delhi High Court that NBE is not a public office. But everyone knows that NBE was formed by MOHFW and NBE was using MOHFW and Govt name in letter heads. To save people like Ketan Desai and Bipin Batra, they are telling lies. In cases like this Court should pierce the corporate status and see the motive behind and give it decision to save the country

  • Parag July 23, 2016, 1:14 am

    I see this as a positive step…whether it will work out or not, only future can tell.

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag

  • Anonymous Doctor July 28, 2016, 3:52 am

    There are lot points against such odd idea. We have to stop any execution of new way of running exploit plus make MCI near 100% corruption free. Delhi – Agra is simply a hell in healthcare. Since 1947, Students of south India, Eastern India, North East are deprived.

    First, MCI as a named body is not corrupted but the peoples inside it made corrupted. Hence MCI not failed but peoples who were operating it failed. So, changing MCI’s banner is not practical. They need to justify the clause to crap MCI’s banner. They could held election by voting by all doctors, change new act, as example.

    Second, India’s Constitution says that State is responsible for health matters. Hence State Medical Council has rights to control.

    Third, no where in India’s Constitution written that “unity in diversity” is needed for State level training or license of doctors. West Bengal Medical Council can cancel or approve a doctor of their State.

    They once said something like Dr. Kunal Saha has no proper degrees during that HIV kit scam matter. They obviously they can have broad spectrum motive – MCI Acts needed to stop good doctors shouting over Internet against the evil, NBE’s devil eye fallen on the State Joint Entrance exams, Bengali peoples (as example) do not buy private medical college seats, PBT INDIA disturbs, State Councils save the innocent victimized, universal crap quality needed, some doctors are talking too much etc. Ketan Desai was saved by Health Ministry. Without re-writing MCI rules, it is not possible to eliminate these problems.

    Although Bengal State Medical Council is not innocent. Still control at State level is easier.