In yet another despicable display of evidence of corruption in Indian healthcare system, PBT obtained document (under RTI Act) showing that the newly elected MCI Vice-president, Dr. Bhirmanandam, was previously found guilty for unethical act to help a top political leader in Tamil Nadu. According to the information obtained from state health department, Dr. Bhirmanandam, a cardiologist, recommended one Mr. T.T.V. Dhinakaran, a leader of the AIADMK party who was in jail for alleged violation of the “Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act, 1974 (Cofeposa Act, 1974) to be transferred to a hospital on medical ground in order to avoid the harsh prison environment by issuing a false medical certificate (attached below). Ironically, Mr. Dhinakaran is presently a Member of Parliament (M.P.) from Tamil Nadu.
The “Indian Medical Council Amendment Ordinance, 2013” under which MCI was re-established last month has a new provision that any member whose inclusion in the council may undermine public interest should be removed from MCI. Inclusion of an unethical physician like Dr. Bhirmanandam as MCI Vice-president is likely to further erode public trust on doctors. PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has submitted an urgent appeal with the Health Minister today seeking immediate removal of Dr. Bhirmanandam from MCI under the new law (see below). Ironically, Dr. Bhirmanandm was also a member of the last MCI which was disbanded in 2010 on charges of corruption and he also voted to elect disgraced Dr. Ketan Desai to become MCI president in 2009.