Harsh Vardhan raps Medical Council of India, says it failed to fulfil task


Holding Medical Council of India (MCI) responsible for the deterioration in standard of medical colleges, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said senior doctors should promote values which formed part of medical community in earlier generations. “They (MCI) have not fulfilled their task,” the Minister said as he referred to the general perception that the quality of medical colleges were not up to old standards.

“It was therefore up to senior doctors to continuously promote the values which formed part of the medical community in earlier generations,” he said during his visit to Safdarjung Hospital. “All doctors should consider themselves privileged to be able to serve their families as well as society. The greatest challenge for a doctor is to be a good human being,” Vardhan said.

The Health Minister who visited the RML Hospital and AIIMS over the past two days asked the medical community to begin a process of introspection without which they cannot hope to conquer disease. “We conquered polio by tapping the best in people, and I am sure we can do it in the case of meeting all the Millennium Development Goals before the target date,” he said.

The Minister also asked doctors to promote rational use of essential drugs. “Young doctors should be trained in this principle which has been recommended by WHO. Patients should be administered drugs appropriate to their clinical needs in doses that meet their requirements. However, the present culture seems to be to write out medicines without thought to their justifiability,” he said.

He instructed the Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung hospital to initiate the process of training of junior doctors about rational use of drugs as soon as they join hospitals.

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Medical Council of India suspends licence of city doctor for medical negligence


The Medical Council (MCI) of India has debarred a city doctor from practicing for three years after its ethics committee found him guilty of medical negligence and printing incorrect information about his qualification on the prescription paper. The order came on petition filed by banker Sudhir Srivastava who held that his wife Nidhi died due to wrong diagnosis and treatment by Dr Vipul Shah.

A copy of the order, that was received by the applicant on Wednesday, debarred Dr Shah from practice for two and three years under separate charges. Both the suspension will run simultaneously. The MCI has directed state medical faculty to erase the name of Dr Vipul Shah from its record. On being contacted, Dr Vipul Shah said that he was not aware of any such order.

Source: Times of India

Medical Council of India cuts seats in medical colleges

Medical colleges in the state are facing heat from the Medical Council of India regarding increase of PG medical seats.
Several medical colleges that had secured additional seats last year have failed to upgrade infrastructure facilities and appoint the required faculty in accordance with the seat hike.

The MCI, which has started inspections of the colleges to grant approvals for this year, is upset with the poor facilities in the colleges and the inspectors are recommending taking away the increased seats.

Recently, MCI recommended cutting down PG medical seats in Andhra Medical College, Vizag. Finding deficiencies with regard to infrastructure facilities and faculty in the college, the inspection team has recommended slashing five seats each in MD (Paediatrics) and Ms (ENT), which were increased last year. Similarly, other old medical colleges such as Osmania, Gandhi etc. too face the risk of losing seats that were increased last year. MCI teams have already inspected Osmania Medical College twice and are apparently dissatisfied with the inadequate infrastructure.

The MCI had given “conditional approval” for increase in intake last year after taking an undertaking from the state government that it would upgrade the facilities within a year. However, the state government failed to do so due to a delay in release of funds.
Meanwhile, the MCI is set to begin inspections to grant approvals for MBBS seats for this year and it is being feared that the deficiencies in infrastructure and faculty might affect the MBBS seats too as it has happened for PG.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

MCI mulls shortening of MBBS course duration by 1 year

The duration of the MBBS course could be shortened by one year with the Medical Council of India (MCI) thinking about introducing specialist skills for undergraduates earlier than what is the practice at present.

Official sources said that the MCI academic council is likely to meet next week to finalise the new curriculum and send it to the government for approval.

The MBBS course presently stretches for five-and-a-half years four-and-a-half years of academic studies and one year of internship.

Sources said that the curriculum is seen as devoting too much time to general medical studies and the various aspects of the human anatomy, which may not be of much use to students who opt for specialisation in later years.

The new curriculum, which they said would take away nothing while giving more freedom to students, envisages adequate skill training at the initial level while introducing students to clinical and analytical courses.

“The idea is to let students study in detail the subject of their choice and develop expertise in that topic instead of studying all subjects in detail. It will save a lot of time and sharpen their skills,” they said.

Experts believe that students should be allowed to carry on studying their subject of specialisation once they become conversant with the human anatomy.

They were also of the view that the present curriculum did not provide sufficient skills in the early years, which they said was crucial at a time of growing specialization and super -specialization.

Source: zee news

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

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

Two Fortis cardiologists nominated to Medical Council of India

Two eminent cardiologists from Fortis Healthcare, Dr Ashok Seth chairman Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, and Dr Vivek Jawali director and chief cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, have been nominated to the newly constituted Medical Council of India (MCI), the premier statutory body that governs the standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in the country.

A gazette notification of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, published recently, announced the names of the council members. Apart from elected members, the Central and state governments nominate medical professionals of pre-eminence to the MCI. While, Dr Seth was nominated by the Delhi government, Dr Jawali was nominated by the Karnataka government, both for a period of four years.

Source: Times of India