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Anuradha Death Case: West Bengal Medical Council and Guilty Kolkata Doctors Deny Any Knowledge of MCI’s Disciplinary Action

In a bizarre development, both the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) and Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder who were found guilty for medical negligence causing death of Anuradha Saha have claimed that they are unaware of the action taken by the Medical Council of India (MCI) that has directed to cancel both doctors’ medical license for 3 months (see Hindustan Times and Telegraph reports below).  As reported previously, the MCI in their last Ethics Committee meeting on May 10, 2011 held these two doctors guilty for professional misconduct and ordered to cancel their licenses for 3 months.  But both doctors are registered with the WBMC and unless the WBMC cancel their medical registration, there is no bar for these doctors to continue practice medicine.  In fact, it is reported in Kolkata that some members of the WBMC have asserted that they are not bound to follow the directions from the MCI.  A similar situation also exists with the disgraced ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai.  Despite MCI’s order on October 9, 2010 to cancel Dr. Desai’s license, the Gujarat Medical Council has refused to cancel or suspend Dr. Desai’s registration.  The defiant attitude of the state medical councils makes a mockery of the supreme power of the MCI.  Will the MCI take a stringent stance to enforce the state medical council to abide by their directions?

H. Times (May 24, 2011)

Telegraph (May 24, 2011) p. 1

Telegraph (May 24, 2011) p. 2

TOI (May 25, 2011)

Online News (May 24, 2011)

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