Medical Council of India removes 27 'corrupt' doctors from Indian Medical Register

Sending out a firm signal against corrupt practices by doctors, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has ordered the removal of 27 medical professionals from the Indian Medical Register, barring them from practice for a period ranging from 3 to 5 years.

Two of them have been removed from the registry for simultaneously serving as the faculty of two medical colleges. The remaining 25 have been penalised for faking as full-time faculty of Melmaruvathur Adiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences in Melmaruvathur, Tamil Nadu, to help its management get MCI approval for different medical courses.

The statutory body took serious view of a single college representing 25 teachers as permanent faculty whereas none of them were recruited in full-time capacity.

These erring doctors (including four women) hail from Maharashtra, Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala, states which have seen the mushrooming of private medical colleges in the past decade.

Out of the 25 who have been de-listed from the Medical Registry, the majority (10) are from Maharashtra.

Out of the two doctors held guilty by the MCI for acting as "duplicate faculty" against the India Medical Council's code of conduct, one Dr Ajit Kale from Maharashtra was found working as the faculty at MGM Aurangabad and Ahmadnagar Medical Colleges in Maharashtra at the same time.

MCI officials said the other doctor Deepak Kalra was working in Agra Government Medical College and also serving as faculty in Chintpurni Medical College in Pathankot, Punjab.

The MCI has asked the respective state medical councils to remove their names from the state medical registry and finally the Indian Medical Registry for two years each.

During this period, they won't be allowed to practice medicine.

The directions follow a CBI inquiry into the conduct of 35 doctors from all over India found to be misrepresenting facts to pose as full-time faculty of Melmaruvathur Adiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences, Tamil Nadu.

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