Views of Dr. Jayshree Mehta, president of the Medical Council of India
Dr. Jayshree Mehta, president of the Medical Council of India which has been under the scanner for corruption and is currently being monitored by a three-member committee mandated by the Supreme Court, has said that the Council was not ‘given a reasonable opportunity’ to present its side of the story.
Dr.Mehta said the Supreme Court mandated Lodha panel which is monitoring the functioning was not the first oversight panel for the Council.“In 2001, the Delhi High Court appointed a full time administrator who supervised the MCI’s functioning for a year. During that year, they could not bring even a single event pertaining to the functioning of the Council, which could be said to be contrary to the governing rules,” Dr Mehta claimed.
Later a four-member ad hoc committee was formed which examined all of the MCI’s decisions between 1996 to 2001. “So, we have been under scrutiny from 1996 – 2001 and then 2002 – 2009 and nothing has been found.
National Medical Commission
Government plans to replace MCI with National Medical Commission. The draft Bill on the National Medical Commission, 2016 is required to be passed.