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West Bengal Medical Council Defends Negligent Doctors And Refuses To Cancel Their Licenses

The Medical Council of India (MCI) found two senior Kolkata doctors, Sukumar Mukherjee and Baidyanath Halder, guilty for causing the death of Anuradha Saha and directed the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) last week to cancel their registrations for a period of three months.  The WBMC has refused to cancel the licenses of these two doctors and stated that it might move the court challenging the MCI decision (see H. Times report below).  This has made a total mockery of the justice delivery system for the victims of medical negligence in India.  The MCI, highest medical regulatory body in India and appellate authority to the state medical councils, overturned the WBMC’s acquittal of the two errant doctors in Kolkata.  Now the WBMC plans to re-evaluate the MCI’s decision and backs the two guilty doctors.

Dr. Kunal Saha, Anuradha’s husband, has already filed an appeal to Mamta Banerjee, new Bengal chief minister who is also the health minister, asking her to intervene in this atrocious move by the WBMC and to take immediate action for cancellation of the registrations of Dr. Mukherjee/Dr. Halder (see H. Times below).  Ironically, in a similar defiant gesture against another major MCI’s decision, the Gujarat Medical Council has recently also refused to cancel registration of tainted ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai, ignoring MCI’s direction last October to suspend Desai’s registration.

H. Times (June 1, 2011)

H. Times (June 2, 2011)

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