New Delhi: The People for Better Treatment (PBT) president Dr Kunal Saha has sent a letter to union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in which he has urged the government to remove the names of 17 nominated or elected doctors from the new MCI (Medical Council of India) who helped Dr Ketan Desai in becoming the MCI president in 2009.
According to Dr Saha, these 17 doctors were also members of the previous MCI which was dissolved in 2010 because of corruption after the then MCI president, Dr Ketan Desai, was allegedly caught red-handed by the CBI for taking bribe from a private medical college.
In his letter dated Nov 22, Dr Saha claimed that the 17 doctors who would be members of the next MCI voted to elect Dr Desai as the MCI president in 2009. In fact, one of them (Dr Rani Vaskaran) actually proposed Dr Desai’s name for the top post in the MCI in 2009, he said.
According to Dr Saha, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, under which the new MCI election is being conducted has a new provision (under Section 30A-2g) which states that a member of the MCI may be removed from office if his presence is “detrimental in public interest”.
Dr Saha said that apart from the moral ground, the 17 doctors must be removed from the MCI under this new provision of law to restore public trust and to make the MCI an honest and trustworthy medical regulatory body.
On Nov 5, the union health ministry published a list of 59 doctors who were nominated or elected to the next MCI under the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013. The Board of Governors (BOG), which had been running the MCI since 2010, has already been dissolved.
The MCI secretary has also announced a general body meeting of the newly nominated and elected members on December 10 to elect the president and the vice president for the new MCI.