New Health Minister Finds MCI As A “Source of Corruption”, Vouches To Cleanse MCI

Newly elected central health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has called the Medical Council of India (MCI) as a “source of corruption” and promised that the BJP government will act promptly to cleanse MCI, highest body empowered to regulate medical education and take action against negligent and unethical doctors, in an interview published in Indian Express today (see below).  Until 2010, MCI was under direct control of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai but after he was caught red-handed by the CBI while taking bribe in April, 2010, previous UPA government (under leadership of last health minister, Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad) was compelled to disband MCI under immense public pressure.  But Desai and his medical cronies have recaptured MCI as a new MCI was formed last December with most of known Desai cronies have regained the top positions in the MCI through botched election and extraneous manipulation.  PBT has already filed a lawsuit challenging the botched MCI election.  PBT has also lodged several complaints against improper election/nomination of many of Desai cronies in the present MCI but unfortunately, Mr. Azad showed no interest to take any action to the specific complaints lodged by PBT against which PBT is planning to move the court soon.  We welcome the call to cleanse MCI by the new health minister but only time will say whether the new warning signal to MCI is another empty political rhetoric by the new party in power or our new health minister, a physician himself, truly means business.  Millions of hapless patients and ordinary people of India only hope for the latter.

Ind. Express (June 8, 2014) Corrupt MCI