PBT has started a massive campaign to unravel corruption and stop deliberate protection of the negligent doctors by the doctor-only members in the Medical Council of India (MCI) and state medical councils across India. It is a common knowledge today that the medical councils primarily function to shield their errant medical colleagues without caring for the lives of the hapless patients. Despite horrific stories of medical negligence appearing in the news almost on a daily basis, hardly any doctor is found guilty by the medical councils in India. In an effort to uncover this inherent corrupt practices by the MCI and state medical councils, PBT has sought information (under the RTI Act, 2005) from the MCI and 24 state medical councils about the status of the complaints received against doctors in the past 10 years.
So far, only 12 state medical councils have responded although most have not yet provided any real numbers. Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand Medical Councils have claimed that there is no complaint against any doctor in the last 10 years (see below) – Are these states the best in medicine in the world with no incidence of “medical negligence” in ten years? Gujarat Medical Council (which was headed by tainted Dr. Ketan Desai until a few months ago) has shockingly declared that complaints received against doctors are “not maintained separately by the council”. Delhi Medical Council has stated that their website provides the list of complaints against doctors even though many of the listed complaints/orders do not open online. Chattisgarh Medical Council has demanded a “chalan” or “stamp paper” of Rs. 10 to provide answers even though all other councils have accepted Indian postal order of Rs. 10 as fee for RTI application as allowed under the RTI Act, 2005 (see below).
Almost half of the medical councils including the MCI have not responded as yet even though the maximum time limit of 30 days has already expired. PBT will move appeals according to the RTI Act, 2005 against these non-responsive councils. After we uncover the (pitiful) performance by the medical councils across India, PBT will move the appropriate legal forum to clean up the deep-rooted corruption in the medical councils in India. People are urged to write to PBT and/or provide comments about their personal experience with the medical councils for PBT to bring this to the attention of the Apex Court. A historic PIL in the Supreme Court by PBT more than 10 years ago (SC Writ Petition No. 317/2000) uncovered the unimaginable fact that almost half of India had no “medical council” to regulate the practice of medicine more than 50 years after independence. Thanks to this PIL by PBT, every corner of India has a “medical council” today even though they seem to be working for their medical colleagues, and not for the defenseless patients.