In a major development that may go a long way to bring a new era in Indian medicine, a division bench of Calcutta High Court headed by chief justice Mr. Arun Mishra directed the Bengal government to disband the present Adhoc Medical Council and hold a fresh election to establish a new West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) within six months (see news below). Mamata Banerjee government was swept to power in West Bengal in 2011 after more than three decades of ruling by the Left-front government that crippled the entire healthcare system in the state. During the long ruling by the Left-front government, the state medical council (WBMC) was also taken over by doctors loyal to the CPM and other Left political parties who cling to their post without holding election which was due since 2010. Unfortunately, Mamata Banerjee government did very little to change the abysmal healthcare condition as they followed the same devious pathway after coming to power in 2011. Without caring to hold the long overdue council election to establish an honest medical council, chief minister Mamata Banerjee who also holds the post of health minister, passed an ordinance to appoint an Adhoc Council with ten hand-picked doctors who are loyal supporters of the Trinomool-Congress which also included two sitting MLAs, Dr. Nirmal Maji and Dr. Sudipto Roy. Complaints of negligence and unethical practice have been mounting against the Adhoc Council ever since they assumed power in WBMC.
PBT lodged a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the undemocratically selected Adhoc Council and seeking a fresh election to form a new WBMC. The Calcutta High Court rejected the claim made by the Banerjee government that the Adhoc Council has any legitimacy to run the function of WBMC without holding the overdue election as the Adhoc Council. The High Court has directed that a new WBMC must be established with bona fide elected members within 6 months as per law (see HC Order below). Ironically, even the Medical Council of India (MCI) has been run by an Adhoc Council ever since the last MCI was dissolved following the arrest of the disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, who was caught red-handed by the CBI for taking bribe from a private medical college in 2010. This is the first time that a humanitarian organization like PBT has taken on the powerful medical council backed by unscrupulous political lobby to win in the court of law to bring change in the corrupt medical councils.