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Central Information Commission (CIC) Makes Scathing Criticism of MCI For Not Coming Clean With Investigation of “Medical Negligence” and For Shielding Dr. Ketan Desai

In a landmark decision that may have far-reaching consequences in our fight against medical corruption, Central Information Commission (CIC) has delivered scathing criticism of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for their deliberate attempt to suppress information related to a wide-range of healthcare issues including investigation of complaints of “medical negligence”, appointment of Inspectors for medical colleges and ongoing investigation of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai (see the CIC Judgment below). This matter emerged after PBT sought information (under RTI Act, 2005) from MCI about their failure to upload Ethics Committee investigation of doctors since 2013 and their reluctance to provide any response to critical questions like the status of medical license of Dr. Ketan Desai or about the qualification of medical inspectors hired by the MCI to inspect medical colleges for approval or disapproval to teach medical courses.

After MCI provided blatantly evasive response to the specific questions posed by the PBT, appeal was filed with the CIC against the sinister role of the MCI. PBT President, Dr. Kunal Saha, personally appeared to argue this matter on behalf of PBT before the CIC during his recent trip to India and CIC has delivered this historic judgment today. Almost on every issue raised by the PBT, CIC has agreed with the PBT and directed MCI to come clean and provide the answers within 3 weeks time. Better transparency with investigation of complaints against doctors including the more than 6 years long investigation of disgraced Ketan Desai (who is still free on bail, waiting for criminal trial on serious charges for bribery) will go a long way toward removing the rampant corruption in India’s healthcare delivery and medical education systems.

MCI-RTI (CIC Judgment) Feb. 2, 2017

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  • syamal bose February 3, 2017, 1:28 am

    The stubborn authority ( MCI) is determined to shield the culprits i.e. the / inefficient / in experienced / ignorant / negligent / careless / immoral / doctors, and as such is daring to ignore / neglect the directions if the Hon’ble CIC, resulting total failure of the medical Ethics and its management, for this Country.

    • syamal bose February 3, 2017, 1:38 am

      syamal bose February 3, 2017, 1:28 am
      The stubborn authority ( MCI) is determined to shield the culprits i.e. the / inefficient / in experienced / ignorant / negligent / careless / immoral / under Qualified / doctors, and as such is daring to ignore / neglect the directions if the Hon’ble CIC, resulting total failure of the medical Ethics and its management, for this Country.

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  • Parag February 4, 2017, 12:17 am

    Congratuations to all! Finally some good news in the fight against medical negligence and corrupt Doctors!

    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

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti February 4, 2017, 8:53 am

    Congratulations to all for achieving this victory. PBT is grateful to Dr. Kunal Saha for his pleading in person and the concerned Hon’ble Information Commissioner for his unique judgement. I believe the onus is now also on the same Supreme Transparency Authority to monitor precisely implementation of his order by the controversial MCI.

    In this connection it is also pertinent to mention that other effective orders of various other learned Information Commissioners–Shri Satyananda Mishra, Shri Sailesh Gandhi, Shri Basant Seth, Smt. Deepak Sandhu, among others,–in the cases of the Appellant and Complainant, Shri Saileswar Chakrabarti against various Public Authorities need also serious monitoring to achieve the desired objectives and success.

  • Eloise March 1, 2017, 4:26 am

    Decicwm1ca0g Joyce,I love your honesty. I know I am not good at being present with folks who are suffering deeply and I really struggle being present with people who are angry. However, I know how healing it was for me when I was hurting and angry to have someone listen to me (usually my poor husband) but it was healing none the less.