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Indian Medical Association opposes MCI dissolution

Posted by nimaptd on June 20, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Sun, Jun 20 04:48 AM

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.

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4:15 PM on June 20, 2010 
Majority of the medical fraternity in India was expecting Ketan Desai's removal by MCI members unanimously after graft charges.
It was almost expected from IMA to ask Ketan Desai to step down.
But Indian Medical Association kept mum after Ketan Desai's arrest.Officially they have not condemned what Ketan did.
In 2001 Ketan was removed from the MCI office after Delhi High Court order..
It was IMA who supported him & he ruled MCI throgh his nominee..
It was IMA who re-elected Ketan as MCI chief in 2009.
It was IMA who supported Ketan to become World Medical Association President
Indian Medical Association have no moral right to question the dissolution of MCI...