British Medical Journal (BMJ) Reports: “Medical Council of India Is Corrupt”, Says New Health Minister

One of the top International medical journals published from UK, “British Medical Journal” (BMJ) has cited in their latest issue that BJP leader and newly appointed central health minister, Dr. Harsh Bardhan, has admitted that the present Medical Council of India (MCI) is “corrupt” (see BMJ report below).  As PBT has frequently reported, MCI has been plagued with deep-rooted corruption for a very long time.  Disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai was caught red-handed by CBI while taking bribe from a private medical college in 2010 following which the entire MCI was dissolved by then UPA government but only under heavy public pressure.  Until Desai was arrested, then health minister, Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad, had maintained a cozy relationship with Desai and all his cronies who were in control of the MCI.  Unfortunately, MCI was reconstituted in December, 2013 but many of the same Desai cronies who were part of the council when it was dissolved in 2010 returned to MCI using the flawed council election/nomination system.  The functioning of the newly formed MCI over the past seven months has been as deplorable as it was before.  PBT has already lodged several complaints with the health ministry seeking disciplinary action against many of the sitting MCI members.  With the new health minister in power candidly admitting corruption inside MCI, we all hope that he will take imminent action to the specific issues raised by PBT to cleanse the healthcare delivery system.

BMJ (MCI is corrupt- Health Minister) July 23, 2014