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West Bengal and Punjab & Haryana Medical Councils are Worsts In Delaying Investigation of Complaints Against Doctors: MCI Reports

In a rare revelation of truth as to how victims of medical negligence are treated by the state medical councils, PBT has obtained scathing information under the RTI Act, 2005 from the Medical Council of India (MCI) documents containing the minutes of the MCI Ethics Committee minutes in which West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) and Punjab & Haryana Medical Council (PHMC) have been found to be the worst culprit in delaying investigation of complaints against the errant doctors (see MCI report below). The MCI Ethics Committee has categorically held that WBMC and PHMC routinely drag complaints of medical negligence for years forcing the hapless victims lodge appeal to the MCI under section 8.7 of MCI Code of Ethics & Regulations, 2002 which stipulates that complaints against doctors must be decided within a time limit of 6 months. It may be noted that Section 8.7 was enacted into law at the direction of the Supreme Court in 2004 in response to the PIL filed by PBT. The MCI has further expressed concern that the inordinate delay in investigation by WBMC and PHMC has also compelled the justice-seekers to travel to Delhi to appear before the MCI that has caused extreme hardship for many victims of medical negligence. It is unfortunate that despite acknowledging the sinister motive by the two state medical councils almost two years ago, MCI itself has remained listless to fix this problem or take action against the WBMC and PHMC.

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  • Mukesh Yadav August 12, 2015, 9:33 am

    Lack of sensitivity on the part of these so called regulatory authorities leads to lawlessness like situation in India. Most of the doctors indulging in unethical practices continue to indulged in these unethical practices with impunity.

  • Surdev Bawa August 12, 2015, 10:05 am

    I am one of the worst affected victims of medical negligence.
    WBMC is dragging my case whereas the demons Dr. Mridula Vohra and Dr. Mathew John are on the prowl and WBMC is quietly watching silently.
    Help me PBT.

  • S.K.Thakur August 12, 2015, 10:27 am

    My case is the perfect example. I got the decision after more than five years of lodging the complaint and that too after the specific order of Hon’ble Delhi High Court directing WBMC to decide the case within three months from the date of the order. Sir, MCI report is missing. Please upload it.

  • Sriprakash Bhattacharya August 12, 2015, 12:09 pm

    Unfortunately in our country the Medical Council of India including all the state ones, India Medical Academy, and even all the Bar councils behave nothing but clubs.
    Unless regulatory bodies consisting of learned, knowledgeable, logical and broad minded are formed such types of dance will continue and common people will suffer. We should not blame these people. We are responsible for our own miseries since we are spineless or can not keep our spines erect.
    Around 1.1 billion youth of India who are 60% – 80% of the total population (approx. 1.3 billion) and falls in the age group of 25 – 35 yrs of age are watching. all these club members. They also read news papers and watch TV as so we.