Members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will launch an agitation demanding the Central Government to revive the governing body of the Medical Council of India (MCI). IMA national coordinator N. Appa Rao who was in the city addressed a press conference along with former IMA National president G. Samaram and the present Vijayawada chapter president P. Ramana Murthy and secretary V. Sridevi here on Thursday.
Dr. Appa Rao said, the IMA governing body, the top medical regulatory panel in the country, was dissolved by the Central Government in May 2010 through a Presidential ordinance following corruption charges against its then president Ketan Desai. After the dissolution, the government had formed a board of governors comprising seven-members to replace the MCI.
He said the MCI Governing body members were elected by members of the IMA all over the country. This was now replaced by seven members who were nominated by the government.
This was most unfair and undemocratic and had a bearing on the quality of medical education in the country. The proposal of having one member to the Governing Body from each State was not acceptable. The number of members to the Governing body should be fixed on the basis of the number of IMA members in the State. The number of members in some states was less than half of what Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh had, he said. The IMA members are also going to fight for the exemption of doctors from the provision of the Consumer Protection Act. A tribunal with a sitting judge and experts as members should be constituted to deal with cases against doctors, the IMA leaders said.