The high-power Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare (PSCHF) issued a scathing report last month on the presence of wide-spread corruption inside the Medical Council of India (MCI) and recommended that “urgent measures” should be taken to include “non-doctor” members in the MCI to prevent the “cronyism and corruption” by the unscrupulous medical members in the council. PBT also sent an urgent memorandum to the Health Ministry for immediate implementation of the recommendation by the PSCHF for reconstruction of the MCI to include “non-doctor” members from the society. Unfortunately, it appears that the Health Ministry is in no mood to bring any change in the MCI as they have remained silent for more than one month and did not even respond to our urgent “memorandum”.
PBT has submitted a final notice today directly to Mr. J.P. Nadda, central health minister, demanding investigation as to why his office did not act even after receiving our previous memorandum and also seeking his immediate intervention to take necessary measures to reconstruct the MCI with inclusion of “non-doctor” members within 2 weeks failing which PBT would be compelled to move the appropriate court of law for the ends of justice (see PBT’s notice to Mr. Nadda below).
It is a common knowledge today that the leaders of the present MCI are well-known cronies of the disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, who is still free on bail waiting for the start of his criminal trial for alleged bribery and corruption since 2010 when he was caught red-handed while taking huge bribe from a private medical college. With the recent declaration by the Supreme Court that a common entrance test (NEET) under the MCI can be used for admission to all medical colleges, there can be no doubt that power and influence of the MCI as well as threats for spread of even more corruption would be significantly higher unless a more honest and transparent MCI is reconstructed by inclusion of “non-doctor” members as strongly recommended by the Parliamentary Committee. Will the Health Minister and Prime Minister stand up for the occasion?