Aulakh, Mahajan elected to Medical Council of India executive body from north

Baldev Singh Aulakh, a professor of Urology and Transplant Surgery, is the only government nominee elected unopposed to the executive committee of the coveted Medical Council of India from the northern region.

Aulakh, professor at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, has been elected to the executive committee of MCI for the second time, as he was previously part of the panel during the tenure of Ketan Desai, before it was disbanded following Desai’s arrest by CBI for graft.

He has been associated with field of urology and transplant surgery for the more than 25 years.

A consummate surgeon, he has more than a 1000 kidney transplant surgeries to his credit.

Anil Mahajan, a professor and head of the department of general medicine in the Government Medical College, Jammu, is the lone nominee of the universities from the northern region elected to the executive committee of MCI.

While Aulakh was Punjab government’s nominee, Mahajan was elected to MCI to represent the universities from Jammu and Kashmir.

It is after a gap of over three years that the Medical Council of India, the apex regulatory body for medical education in the country, has an elected body.

In May 2010, the government had appointed a Board of Governors to run the body.

MCI has been established by the government to establish uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical qualifications in India and abroad.

The MCI also recommends recognition/de-recognition of medical qualifications of medical institutions of India or foreign countries and maintains a permanent registration/ provisional registration of doctors with recognised medical qualifications

Source: economic Times

850 foreign doctors allowed to practice in India this year

Under the modified provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, which removed the restriction for granting temporary permission to foreign doctors only for the purpose of teaching, research and charitable work, 850 foreign doctors were granted temporary permission this year to practice in the country.

Foreign doctors are granted temporary permission by the Medical Council of India (MCI) on the basis of their applications received through the inviting institutions.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad informed the Lok Sabha on December 13 that 1289 foreign doctors sought permission between January 1 and December 10 this year, out of which 850 have been granted permission.

Maximum number of temporary permission was granted to foreign doctors to practice in Maharashtra (172) and Delhi (125). Tamil Nadu, an emerging medical hub, also received a huge number of permissions with approval to 114 foreign doctors.

The provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 allow temporary permission to foreign doctors for the purpose of teaching, research or charitable work for a specified period limited to the institution to which they are attached. Recently, the government, through the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance 2013, removed the restriction for granting temporary permission to foreign doctors only for the purpose of teaching, research and charitable work.

Source: India Medical Times

New MCI includes 17 tainted members

People for Better Treatment (PBT), a charitable organization working to establish a better healthcare delivery system in India, has written a memorandum to Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad pointing out that at least 17 doctors out of the 68 new members nominated or elected to the new Medical Council of India (MCI) were part of the previous MCI which was dissolved in 2010 on ground of rampant corruption.

According to the letter written by PBT president Dr Kunal Saha, in the wake of the serious allegations of pervasive corruption during the era of Dr. Ketan Desai’s former chief of MCI, a new provision (Section 30-A.2g) was added by the legislators in the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 with an aim to prevent anybody from becoming a member of MCI which may destabilize broader interest of the general public. The newly added section states: The central government may remove from office the president, vice-president or any member of the Council who has been found guilty of proved misbehavior or his continuance in office would be detrimental in public interest.

The letter further stated that the presence of these 17 doctors in the next MCI “would undoubtedly undermine public trust on the healthcare regulatory system”. The letter pointed out that “these doctors were part of the previous MCI which was dissolved by your department in 2010 on the ground of wide-spread corruption after then MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, was arrested red-handed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for taking bribe from a private medical college”. It added that the criminal case against Dr. Desai and others is still continuing in the CBI court in Delhi and elsewhere while Dr. Desai is out on bail.

“These 17 doctors also include Dr. Rani Bhaskaran (nominated from Kerala) who actually proposed the name of Dr. Desai for MCI president in 2009 when her husband, Dr. PC Kesavankutty Nayar, was acting MCI president during Dr. Desai’s re-election in 2009 and a close ally of Dr. Desai, who paved the way for his return and “unopposed” election win to be MCI president on 1st March, 2009,” pointed out the letter.

“It is also pertinent to mention that Dr. Desai was removed from MCI earlier in 2001 at the direction of the Honourable Delhi High Court with scathing criticism that he had turned MCI into a “den of corruption”. “Ironically, Dr. Desai was never found innocent from the specific charges that Hon’ble Delhi High Court labeled against him although he managed to return to MCI in 2009,” it added.

“The sordid saga involving MCI and Dr. Desai over the past many years has greatly damaged public confidence on the medical regulatory system in India. There is little doubt that nomination/election of the 17 doctors, who previously helped Dr. Desai to regain control of the MCI, to become members for the next MCI would further erode public trust in the future of healthcare delivery system,” stated the letter.

The letter urged the health minister to take appropriate steps for immediate removal of the 17 doctor-members from MCI in accordance to Section 30-A.2g of Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 for greater public interest and for the ends of justice.
source: Times of India

97 Doctors Punished by MCI for Medical Negligence

As many as 97 doctors have been punished by Medical Council of India for medical negligence and misconduct in the last three years.

“As per information furnished by MCI, 97 doctors who have been found guilty of medical negligence or misconduct have been awarded punishment by MCI during the period of May 2010 to November 30, 2013,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told Rajya Sabha today.

Of the 97 doctors punished by MCI, seven were registered with Andhra Pradesh Medical Council.

The professional conduct of doctors in the country is regulated by MCI and the respective state medical councils.

The Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations 2002 empowers the MCI and state medical councils to award punishment to a doctor against any act of violation of Code of Ethics and illegal practices.

Source: New Indian express

BSc (community health) programme gets clearance from the Union Cabinet

The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared the health ministry’s proposal to institute a three-year BSc (community health) program that aims to help raise a cadre of public health professionals for rural areas, reports.


The course that had the nomenclature of Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery (BRMS) was met with objections from the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the medical community.

Subsequently, the course nomenclature was changed to BSc (community health) and the process of framing the syllabus for the course was taken out of the MCI’s ambit and handed over to the National Board of Examinations (NBE).

The bachelor in community health program will act as a bridge between auxiliary nurse midwife and a doctor and overrides the objections raised by a parliamentary panel and the MCI.

The parliamentary panel in March had said instead of creating a new pool of health professionals whose mandate and education are grey areas, there should be a compulsory one-year rural posting for fresh medical graduates to meet shortage of doctors in rural areas.

Source: India Medical Times