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MCI Corruption: No Records of Ethics Investigation of Negligent Doctors Since 2013

While the Modi government has been clamoring for more transparency to build a “clean” Bharat in order to gather public support, a quick glance to the Medical Council of India website (www.mciindia.org) would demonstrate how corruption and non-transparency are still is the name of the game in the highest government body for regulation of healthcare and medical education. Complaints against doctors for medical negligence and ethical violation are supposed to be investigated and appropriate disciplinary action against the guilty doctors to be taken by members of the MCI Ethics Committee.

It is a common knowledge today that despite frequent news of horrific death of patients from alleged medical negligence, hardly any doctors are held “guilty” by the MCI. Even more shocking, no information is shown whatsoever on MCI website about the proceedings (“minutes”) of the MCI Ethics Committee meetings held since 2013. Although detail minutes of the Ethics Committee meetings were regularly posted on MCI website for public view for 2011, 2012 and 2013, it abruptly stopped on 18th October, 2013. Ironically, the present MCI members (most of whom are well-known cronies of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai) came to power in December, 2013. So, it is obvious that the present MCI does not want to show what goes on behind closed doors to investigate their allegedly negligent and unethical medical colleagues. Do we need to explain why? Will the Modi government and health minister, Mr. J.P. Nadda, wake up and take immediate measures to cleanse the obvious corruption inside the highest medical regulatory body in India? PBT has already lodged a complaint with the Central Information Commission against this overt non-transparency inside the MCI. Hearing has been concluded on 9th January, 2017 and an important judgment is awaited.

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  • Dr.S.K.Thakur January 27, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Dr.Saha,
    I had brought this issue in the notice of Information Commissioner during hearing of my case on 23/09/2015. My case was regarding minutes of ethics committee dated 28-29/6/2013. I had also raised the issue of not posting the minutes of meeting of 28-29/6/2013 on the website of the MCI as per direction of the Chief Information Commissioner in the case of Mr. S.P.Mahachanda delivered on 13/2/2013. The Information Commissioner even issued the so cause notice to the PIO, Mr.A.K.Harit but unfortunately even then I did not get to the point replies of my queries. One positive thing happened. They put the minutes of ethics committee from June2013 to Oct2013 on the website of the MCI. After that no minute of any ethic committee meeting has been uploaded on the website of the MCI. In one of my still pending case in Delhi High Court, the MCI was asked to produce the original minutes of ethics committee meeting of 28-29/6/2013 before the court. The uploading of minutes of ethics committee from June to Oct, 2013 may be the result of that order also. In the process of uploading these minutes in hurry they have committed great blunder which I can’t disclose here. In my another case in the CIC heard on 23/5/2016, in spite of the specific order of the commission I did not get the requisite replies. I do not know about the further step. Should I move to the Delhi High Court for not getting the proper replies of my queries even after the specific orders of the CIC or do I have to represent in the CIC once again. Please guide.

  • Parag January 28, 2017, 12:32 am

    I believe with all this effort one day the MCI will finally be cleansed and the corrupt Doctor’s punished!

    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