The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has opposed the dissolution of Medical Council of India (MCI) and also released a white paper on the issue following the arrest of Dr Ketan Desai, its former president, on graft charges.
IMA has resolved to oppose the dissolution in its 203rd Central Working Committee meeting held earlier this month in Mehsana, a press release said.
Condemning the dissolution of MCI as an arbitrary exercise of power, IMA has demanded reconstitution of the former body immediately and restoring its independence. It has asked for retaining MCI in its present character and asked that two representatives to it should be elected from the central council of IMA.
The white paper points out that while there were reasons to dissolve the offices of the MCI president and vice president, dissolving the entire body means casting aspersions on the conduct of all the members and all medical professions in general.
It says that the six-member body, which is functioning directly under the Union health ministry, will effectively take away the independence of medical education regulatory mechanism. "A professional body will be taken over by politicians and bureaucrats," the white paper stated.