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Breaking: Lok Sabha clears Indian Medical Council Ordinance Bill to supersede Medical Council of India


Breaking: Lok Sabha clears Indian Medical Council Ordinance Bill to supersede Medical Council of India

New Delhi: On the eve of the last day of 2018, the Lok Sabha was seen giving its nod to the Indian Medical Council ( Ordinance ) Bill thats hands over the powers of the Medical Council of India to the Board of Governors,

Lok Sabha on Monday  passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) bill to allow a panel of eminent professionals to run the scam-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI), so that medical education can be regulated in the best manner.

Piloting the bill, Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said this bill supersedes MCI and the powers of the council have been vested in a Board of Governors (BoG).

The BoG have all eminent personalities and include directors of AIIMS and PGI, Chandigarh. This board will continue to perform till a Council is constituted, Nadda said.

A separate bill to replace MCI with National Medical Commission is pending in Parliament. “This bill has been issued so that medical education can be regulated in best manner, as MCI turned out to be massive failure,” he said.

The Minister, while speaking on the bill, said the parliamentary panel on Health in its report also cautioned that any attempt to overhaul the medical regulatory system in the country will face huge challenges.

He suggested that government was forced to come up with this bill as the oversight committee formed by the government on suggestion of the Supreme Court resigned and the MCI could not function. Thereafter the government came with an ordinance.

Amid allegations of corruption against MCI office bearers and probes into opaque accreditation to medical colleges, the Supreme Court had in May 2016 directed the government to set up an oversight committee with the authority to oversee all statutory functions of MCI till the new legislation comes in.

Many of MCI members have been accused of taking bribes to fast-track accreditation.

In 2017, another Oversight Committee was set up with the approval of the Supreme Court after expiry of the one year term of the first panel. The second committee was chaired by Dr V K Paul and included eminent doctors including those from AIIMS (Delhi), PGI Chandigarh and NIMHANS.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that under the provisions of the bill, MCI’s affairs will be entrusted to a Board of Governors consisting of eminent doctors for a period of one year or until the said Council is reconstituted, whichever is earlier.

Read Also: 5 Critical Decisions before the new MCI Board of Governors

Source: agency inputs
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  1. There is nothing wrong with MCI guidelines. The main problem was that MCI failed to implement its own guidelines. It was common to see private medical practitioners even living far away from the college as regular professors and associate professors with false service/promotion certificates on the day of inspection.Verification of their previous income tax returns would have exposed the fraud easily as there will be Form No.16 issued by the college if they are working as regular employee in that college.Recently , even the aadhar linked biometric system was found to be tampered with specimen models of original finger prints by the police in some private colleges of Telangana state. It remains to be seen how new BOG is going to curb irregularities and fraud being committed in some medical colleges.

  2. The biggest threat was the Ketan Desai mafia.

  3. Why online Monitoring of Faculty has been left in middle and unfinished?

  4. More than half the colleges including government run institutions will have to close down if online monitoring is made strict.