International Call to Revamp India’s Crumbling Medical Education and Healthcare Regulatory System

Lancet, top international medical journal published from United Kingdom, has published a scathing report this week highlighting the deep-rooted corruption and gross inefficiency in the Medical Medical Council (MCI) in view of the recent findings by a multi-party high-powered Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare (see the Lancet report and related news report below). Apart from severe criticism of the way medical education and complaints of medical negligence are handled by the biased doctor-only members of the medical council, the report has underscored the wide-spread corruption that has plagued the MCI for a very long time including the serious case of bribery for which the disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, was arrested by the CBI in 2010. Ironically, the criminal case of bribery against Dr. Desai is still waiting for trial to begin as Dr. Desai roams free on bail. The report has also called the need for inclusion of “non-doctor” members in the medical councils in the manner it is done in most developed countries including USA and UK. PBT president has pressed the need for inclusion of “non-doctor” members in the medical councils in order to bring transparency and fairness in the Ethical Committee while Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary-general and a staunch defender of Dr. Desai, has claimed that medical councils should be made only by elected members from the medical fraternity.

Lancet (April, 2016)

TOI (April 8, 2016)