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.