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Why MCI Prefers To Do Business Behind Closed Doors?

The Ethics Committee of the newly formed Medical Council of India (MCI) deliberated on two high-profile cases on December 8, 2010.  The first case involves two “eminent” Kolkata doctors, medicine specialist Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and dermatologist Dr. Baidyanath Halder, who were already found guilty for “medical negligence” (for the death of US-based child psychologist, Anuradha Saha) by the Supreme Court while the second case involves Dr. Ketan Desai, tainted ex-chief of MCI, whose registration was summarily suspended on October 9, 2010.  No information about these historic investigation by the MCI is provided for the public until now.  Even during the reign of rampant corruption in the MCI by Dr. Desai and his medical cronies within the Council, the minutes of the hearing of complants against doctors were posted on the MCI website for public viewing.  Since the new “Board of Governors” has taken over the helm of the MCI, information about the important Ethics Committee or Executive Committee meetings behind closed doors are no longer made available for the ordinary people.  We need more transparency in the process of investigation.  Why the new MCI leaders are doing business only behind closed doors?  Why the license of an indicted criminal like Dr. Desai has still not been permanently cancelled?  Why the investigation of the two convicted doctors responsible for Anuradha Saha’s death still languishing after more than 18 months of investigation by the MCI?

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