In an unprecedented display of sheer ignorance about medical science and gross abuse of political power, West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) president, Dr. Nirmal Maji, who is also a member of the Medical Council of India (MCI), orchestrated a plan to perform dialysis of his pet dog in the Nephrology department of SSKM Hospital, the premier government super-specialty medical center in Kolkata. Maji was helped in this horrendous medical misadventure by two other senior government doctors, Dr. Pradip Mitra, Director of SSKM and Dr. Rajendra Pandey, head of SSKM Nephrology department. It is fortunate that the planned medical misadventure to use blood from an ailing dog in a machine which is regularly used for dialysis of human patients suffering from renal insufficiency did not materialize since some attending physicians refused to treat a dog in a human hospital
Although a medical doctor, Maji is also a sitting MLA of the ruling Trinomool-Congress party and by virtue of his close association with Bengal CM Mamata Bajerjee, he has gathered massive political power in running the health department. Maji is also the president of West Bengal branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA). Maji became WBMC president through an ordinance after Trinomool came to power in 2011 which was successfully challenged by the PBT in Calcutta High Court. PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has written to Bengal Governor, Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi, seeking his immediate intervention in this medical fiasco and demanded that Maji be removed from his post of WBMC president. PBT has also demanded that registration of all three doctors including Maji be cancelled for their brazenly negligent and unethical conduct (see PBT letter to Governor below).