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MCI President defends her council

MCI President defends her council

Amoungst the hoards of pilling allegations against the Medical Council of India; the counsel president, Dr Jayshree Mehta has sprung in defense of  council, stating that the apex body has not been ‘given a reasonable opportunity’ to present its side of the story.

This year MCI, drew major flak from the Parliamentary Committee on health, which called for restructuring the Medical Council of India (MCI), stating that its current composition is “biased” against larger public health goals and is an “exclusive club” of medical doctors from corporate hospitals and private practice. This was followed by the NITI aayog panel calling for dissolution of the apex body and its replacement with the National Medical Commission. At the same time, Supreme court also appointed a three-member committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha to oversee and monitor all the functions of the council.

Speaking to Hindu, Dr. Jayshree Mehta, President of the council has stated the council has not been ‘given a reasonable opportunity’ to present its side of the story. She also called the negative attention that has dawned upon the council following the parliamentary panel report, as unfair adding that the report did not reflect reality

“We sought time from the Parliamentary Committee but were not given any time. To that extent, the Medical Council was denied the mandatory opportunity of hearing, which the principles of natural justice guarantee,” Dr. Mehta told Hindu, adding that the Parliamentary Standing Committee did not bring out any specific complaints of corruption of any type and magnitude.

The council president has also opposed the NITI Aayog’s decision to replace with the National Medical Commissing, terming it as  “remedy more dangerous than the disease.”

The draft Bill on the National Medical Commission, 2016, is plagued by several problems and contradictions,” which would result in “complete loss of democratic character expected of a regulatory body,” she said.

With regards to the oversight committee, she pointed out that this was nothing new.

 “In 2001, the Delhi High Court appointed a full time administrator who supervised the MCI’s functioning for a year. During that year, they could not bring even a single event pertaining to the functioning of the Council, which could be said to be contrary to the governing rules,” Dr Mehta claimed.

Later a four-member ad hoc committee as formed which examined all of the MCI’s decisions between 1996 to 2001. “So, we have been under scrutiny from 1996 – 2001 and then 2002 – 2009 and nothing has been found. While the Lodha Committee does not in any way disrupt the functioning of the Council, the decisions/recommendations given by MCI have remain unimplemented for the substantial period of time,” she added.

Asked why the MCI did not inspect the medical colleges even after being asked to do so by the Lodha panel, Dr Mehta said the panel had wanted the applications for starting new colleges/ increase of seats that had been rejected by MCI be accorded another opportunity of compliance. “We considered all the applications in our Executive Committee meeting and found that all these applicants had already been given the required opportunity to comply

Above are excepts taken from a story done by the hindu. You can read the full story by clicking on this link 

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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan August 28, 2016, 9:06 am

    Amongst all the Government Agencies, Defense is suppose to be the best, it has Administrators, Engineers, Doctors, sports man, Lawyers with displine and integrity. So everyone should go for defense training at least for couple of years before they join Judiciary, executive and parliament. And at regular intervals they be sent for Brain Mapping specially those who occupying higher positions. There is meaning in blaming DOCTORS alone or MCI .

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    Dr yeshwant chavan August 27, 2016, 8:17 pm

    MCI must be non corrupt;having foresight of national need of doctors;comprise able doctors and IAS officers.Restructure mbbs syllabus,startall deem college if and of admission by Neet exam

  3. Parlimentary committee is not an expert committee ,neither any other committee having no doctors in it .MCI is corrupt as per past records but whichcouncil is not ?

  4. Mci shld get dissolved and there shld be no doubt. They are most corrupt members of a very honoured profession n this is really pity on part of India

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    Dr.DHARMARAJ ACHARYA August 28, 2016, 4:00 am

    Judiciary is fighting against involvement of executives, political interference in appointments, promotions to retain its independence. Similarly properly elected body amongst medical fraternity only can judge who is corrupt or efficient to lead the profession, not others writing their annual performance reports, & hence independence. Law cannot differ from profession to profession!?

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    Balbhadra Dhagat August 27, 2016, 2:27 pm

    Oversight Committee is all messed up. Its decisions on World College of Medical Sciences (Jhajjar), Saraswati Medical College (Unnao), Prasad Medical College (Luckhnow), Sri Sakshi Medical College (Guna) & Ananata Medical College (Udaipur) etc. are wonky. Raipur Institute of Medical sciences (Raipur), Sukhasagar Medical College, Jabalpur & Amaltas Medical College, Dewas etc. are unfit to commence MBBS Program but they all have also been permitted by Union Government. Medical education has now become a joke!