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FAKE Patients for MCI Inspection: Supreme Court fines Medical College Rs 2 crore

FAKE Patients for MCI Inspection: Supreme Court fines Medical College Rs 2 crore

New Delhi : In an unprecedented decision, the apex court has fined a medical college a huge sum of Rs 2 crore while dismissing a writ petition filed by it, on account of the fraud and deception played by medical college during inspection by projecting healthy persons as patients.

The case concerns Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences which had submitted an application to the Medical council of India for admission to third batch (second renewal) of 150 students in MBBS Course for the academic year 2018-2019. MCI conducted inspection of the same in November 2017 and in view of the deficiencies, it was decided to recommend to the Central Government not to renew the permission for admission to third batch of 150 students in MBBS Course.

Following request for review by the college, the Government of India directed the Medical Council of India to review the request of renewal made by the Petitioner. Thereafter, a compliance verification assessment was conducted on 13.03.2018.

Following this, MCI executive committee enumerated the deficiencies some of them are enumerated below

  1. Deficiency of faculty is 22% as detailed in the report.
  2. Shortage of Residents was 42.85% as detailed in the report.
  3. Patients in PICU :- PICU has three patients. Two patients Swathi and Aravin have admitted with history of Chronic pain abdomen for more than 10 days. Patients with mi nor problems admitted without even as IV line in the ICCU. No coronary ailment patient is admitted in the ICCU. SICU has only routine post operative patients including tubectomy, with no complications. Nursing station not available in the SICU.
  4. Wards:- In Surgery ward 2 male and 4 female post op erative patients are admitted for more than 10 days with no fresh complaints. Four patients who are admit ted as inpatient have no personal belongings nor any attendant with them. They were admitted for complaints like Gastritis, vague abdominal pain and are on oral drugs. Out of 60 patients, 10 patients do not merit as teaching bed patients. Hence, teaching beds are counted as 50.

MCI again recommended disapproval and following nod from the oversight committee on the decision, the Central government also ordered that the Petitioner was not entitled for renewal of permission for admission to third batch of 150 students in MBBS Course for the academic year 2018-2019

Challenging the decision the Medical college approached the Supreme Court. The counsel for the college argued that the inspection conducted on 13.03.2018 was in violation of the Assessor’s Guide. After going through all the arguments, the bench of Justice Bobde and Justice Nageshwara Rao noted

After considering the submissions of the Petitioner and the material on record, we are of the opinion that the decision of the Government of India not to grant approval does not warrant interference. The Assessors after a physical inspection, found that a number of patients were not genuine. The Assessors were of the opinion that patients with minor ailments were admitted in the hospital. There were others who were shown as patients with no serious health condition deserving an admission in the hospital. This was done by the Petitioner with a view to get renewal for admission of students by showing that it was complying with the minimum standards. The Petitioner is guilty of deception and fraud.

 The Petitioner is not entitled to any relief as he does not meet the required standards for renewal of permission for admission to third batch of MBBS students. We take serious note of the fraud played by the Petitioner in projecting healthy persons as patients in their hospital for the purpose of showing compliance of the minimum standards. We, therefore, dismiss the above Writ Petition with exemplary cost of Rupees Two Crores to be paid by the Petitioner, within a period of four weeks from today, to the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Welfare Trust.

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  1. Why the principal of medical college was left out?.Principal should be held responsible and punished.Why the college management should pay penalty for the acts of commission and omission of head of the medical college?.I was informed that some of the principals have been giving fake appointment orders and service certificates and showing the private medical practitioners as their regular professor if he/she has passed PG 9 years back and less than that experience, he will be shown as associate or assistant professor. Still worse, some other teaching faculty are hiring researchers and ask them to prepare an original article from a dissertation or ICMR project of their students and publish them in some little known recently started journal in India or in Nepal or in some other African country who are ready to publish anything if money is paid as their own for promotion.The principal normally should forward the published journal article to ethics committee to get information whether the study proposal was actually submitted,discussed and approved by them and that the journal is indexed or not. The patient turnover in any medical college depends upon the infrastructure and reputation of faculty. When college management does not fill all faculty position and try to run the classes with less number of teaching faculty, the patients may not come.

  2. I strongly support you sir. All these malpractices are done by some one, who is in the field not by the college building itself. So, such unscrupulous people should be punished severely, so that it would be awarding for some one trying to repeat the same thing again. Well said sir.

  3. It is true for most of the medical college. Be it private or Govt. How come MCI objects to 100 seats but permission is granted for increasing the seats to 150 by different teams. Everything is set and money sets it very-2 straight . MCI/ Courts no need to comment.

  4. While the judgement is commendable, why should the fine be payed to Advocates trust- it is better to be payed to MCI itself.

  5. This is usual story in last 20 years as there is no live telecast – the fraudster – Dean/Principal and medical superintendent are main criminals and must be jailed for misleading Honorable court. Many colleges had.have.will have not even 10% patients. Hindustan Times exposed one such permitted by Oversight committee had all the wards locked Near Delhi in Haryana – Got permission- Finally son jailed and father went underground.

  6. Well judged decision.Almost all medical colleges admit fake patients at the time of inspection.This foul play can be caught if MIC make spot inspection without intimating the colleges