MCI Current Affairs

Supreme Court allows Centre to replace MCI oversight committee

The Supreme Court has allowed the Union Government to replace the oversight committee set up to supervise the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a fresh panel of five eminent doctors.

The Supreme Court also gave the Government liberty to replace any doctor in the list with another if he does not wish to be a part of the oversight committee.

Earlier, Government had proposed the names of five eminent doctors to replace the earlier members of the oversight committee whose term had just expired.

Background

The Supreme Court using its rare and extraordinary powers under the Article 142 of the Constitution had set up the oversight committee court in May 2016 to oversee the MCI’s functioning for a period of one year or till a suitable mechanism was brought in by the Government to substitute it. The committee was led by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha.

About Medical Council of India (MCI)

MCI is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. It grants recognition of medical qualifications, gives accreditation to medical schools, grants registration to medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in India.

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SC sets up RM Lodha Panel to oversee functions of Medical Council of India

The Supreme Court has appointed a three-member high-powered committee headed by former Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha to oversee the functions of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Ruling in this regard was given by the SC Bench comprising Justices Anil R Dave, A K Sikri, R K Agrawal, Adarsh K Goel and R Banumathi.

Key facts

  • Other two members of the panel are Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and Dr SK Sareen, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences.
  • The committee is tasked to oversee all statutory functions under the Medical Council of India (MCI), Act. The MCI is the statutory regulator of medical profession and education in India.
  • The committee will function till the Union Government puts in place a new mechanism for regulation by bringing a new legislation or amending the statute.

SC Ruling

  • MCI had repeatedly failed in its duties and the quality of medical education in the country was at its lowest ebb.
  • The regulator is often been accused of indulging in corrupt practices and referred it to reports of a government panel and a parliamentary standing committee.
  • It was not able to spearhead any serious reforms in medical education and neither represented the professional excellence nor its ethos.

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