Monday, November 29, 1999

Nod for ordinance to dissolve MCI

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Opposing the government's decision to dissolve the corruption-ridden Medical Council of India (MCI), doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said it would have an adverse impact on the quality of medical education in the country.The government on Saturday dissolved MCI — set up 76 years ago to regulate medical education in the country — and replaced it with a seven-member panel of eminent doctors. The panel will be in charge till the next one year, said Health Secretary Sujatha Rao after President Pratibha Patil gave her assent to the ordinance. The panel will be headed by Dr S K Sarin, head of gastroenterology at GB Pant Hospital.Dr Dharam Prakash, Secretary, IMA, said: "The MCI is an autonomous body which carries out the task of maintaining standards of medical education imparted in the country. To dissolve it and hand over the power to a few doctors is highly questionable. The credibility issue could have been addressed by replacing the top brass but to dissolve the body is extreme."

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