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Healthcare Bill 2011: PBT Submits Plan To Include “Non-doctor” Members In Medical Councils

With the National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011 (NCHRHB, 2011)  proposed for sweeping changes in regulation of medical practice in India fast approaching for introduction in the Parliament, PBT has submitted a Memorandum to the Standing Committee of Health & Family Welfare Department urging the government to make the single-most important change in the proposed Bill by inclusion of a significant number of “non-doctor” or “lay” members in all medical councils in India (see the Memorandum below).  The pitiful situation of Indian healthcare stems from a total lack of proper regulation of medical practice by hitherto untouchable doctors and hospitals in India.  Medical Council of India (MCI), central regulatory body for control of medical practice in the country, became a “den of corruption” as observed by Delhi High Court several years ago.  In fact, the present chaos in healthcare and proposal for a new health Bill became necessary only after MCI was dissolved following the arrest of then MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, who was caught red-handed by CBI for taking bribe from a private medical college on April 22, 2010.  The disgraced ex-MCI head, Dr. Desai is still planning to regain control of the healthcare system through explicit and implicit support from his medical cronies.  PBT is the only organization still fighting to stop Dr. Desai from getting back to the helm of Indian healthcare system.  Our SLP against Dr. Desai’s unopposed election to the Gujarat University Senate will be taken up by the Supreme Court on Friday (Feb. 10).  Unless honest “lay” people are included in the medical councils, as it is commonly practiced in countries with superior healthcare system including UK and USA, corruption in Indian healthcare cannot be removed and hapless patients of India will continue to pay the heavy price with money and even their lives.

Memorandum (Healthcare Bill 2011)

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