New Delhi: Under severe criticism for a massive scam in the Medical Council of India, the Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance to scrap the MCI itself. For the moment, a seven-member panel of eminent doctors will monitor the system. The ordinance is now awaiting the President's nod.
This could be the beginning of the end of the MCI that is accused of having diluted medical education in India and creating a generation of half-baked doctors.
Sujatha Rao, Secretary of the Health ministry, says: "The amendments to the IMC act, that were recommended in 2005, gave the ministry the power to dissolve the MCI executive committee and limit the number of terms for presidents and vice presidents of the council. The ministry will set up an over-arching council for human resources management."
Former AIIMS director P Venugopal is likely to head the panel. The other members expected to be on the panel are Dr K Srinath Reddy, DR. Rajendra A Badve of Tata Memorial, Dr K K Talwar of PGI Chandigarh and Dr K C Deka of AIIMS.
Dr Devi Shetty, founder of the Narayana Hrudayalaya, says, "Once you increase the number of seats in UG, first thing is that the capitation fee will disappear. Good colleges will get students and bad colleges will close down. When people with integrity take charge, matters will solve itself."
The government aims to make sure that the new panel does not have anyone with links to the sacked MCI chief Ketan Desai who had managed to do that in the past. The medical fraternity hopes the ghosts of the past will not return to haunt them any more.