Doctors want Mci revamp

Doctors want Mci revamp

By AREEBA FALAK | NEW DELHI | 2 April, 2016
A large section of doctors has supported the recent recommendation of a Parliamentary standing committee on health to revamp the Medical Council of India (MCI). While there were several opinions on other aspects, most agreed on the need for minimum government “intervention” in an autonomous body.
“Without a doubt, the current system needs to be revamped. At present, the only focus is on establishing new medical colleges. We know that the patient-doctor ratio is adverse in the country, but this does not mean that we will focus only on the quantity and ignore quality. Corruption is deep-rooted in MCI. We need a transparent body,” said Dr Sangeeta Sharma, Neuropsychopharmacology professor at the Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) and a former member of MCI. Dr R.P. Srivastava, a current member of MCI and former president of the Association of Surgeons of India, said, “A majority of MCI members also want the body revamped. Some members of the MCI have political backing. If a proposed Parliamentary ordinance had been passed in 2013, things would have been better now. The ordinance would have ensured equitable distribution of medical colleges across the states and established uniformity. It would have also ensured a fixed tenure of the members in MCI, avoiding the current stagnant status. At present, no regular meetings take place in the MCI. 
Dr Praveen Bhatia, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said, “The MCI needs a fine balance between the nominated and the elected members.”

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The quality of medical education which is being imparted has to improve drastically.This can be done with regular and serious inspection of facilities without any outside interference.

MCI is an institution which works with slow speed and is harming medical education in India. MCI conducts inspections of medical colleges throughout the year ans decisions are taken after months of filing of inspection reports. All the expenditure of visiting MCI officials & other nominees is footed by the medical institutions which is a corrupt practice. For recognition purposes MCI should conduct inspections only for one selected month in an year and decisions must be out within one week of the inspection. There should be no time for wheeling & dealings. The Council should only ensure education standard and facilities to students. All other issues including fees should be out of government interference. The competition among medical colleges will result in stabilising fees etc to reasonable levels.

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