Another shocking act perpetrated by the Medical Council of India (MCI) was revealed showing blatant appointments of outside doctors, who are not elected members of MCI, to important Committees which regulate medical education and practice of medicine. Even more shocking is the fact that many of these outside, non-member doctors who have been unlawfully hired as “advisers”, “invitees” or “consultants” by the MCI president, Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta and other members of the Executive Committee are known cronies of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai. For example, well-known mouth-piece of Dr. Desai is one Dr. K.K. Aggarwal from Delhi who has recently been posted as the Indian Medical Association (IM) Secretary-General. Dr. Aggarwal was never elected as a member of MCI but he has been sitting as an adjudicator for many months in the important MCI Ethics Committee to judge complaints of medical negligence.
This shocking incidence was uncovered last week after PBT managed to obtain a letter (under RTI Act) written by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to MCI president, Dr. Mehta on 4th March, 2014 in which it was categorically directed that appointments of doctors who are not official MCI members in any post in the Council is not legal. The Health Ministry further directed Dr. Mehta not to hire anyone for any position in the MCI who is not an elected member and to cancel all such appointments made “with immediate effect” (see the Health Ministry letter below). Ignoring such unequivocal order from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mehta, who is a known to be very close to Dr. Ketan Desai, has continued to hire outside, non-member doctors to suit her agenda. PBT has lodged a formal complaint with MCI last week seeing clarification of these unlawful activities. Unless Dr. Mehta clarifies these illegal appointment of doctors, PBT has also vouched that they will move the court of law for the ends of justice.