Dr K K Talwar appointed new chairman of MCI Board of Governors

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The union health ministry on Friday reconstituted Medical Council of India‘s (MCI) board of governors and appointed Dr K K Talwar, a noted cardiologist and former director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, as its new chairman. The tenure of the current board, headed by Dr S K Sarin, ends on Saturday.

MCI’s new board will have Dr Kailash S Sharma, professor, department of anaesthesiology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai; Dr Harbhajan Singh Rissam, director, Clinical Cardiac Sciences and senior interventional cardiologist at Max Heart and Vascular Institute, Delhi; Dr Rajiv Chintaman Yeravdekar, director, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Pune; Dr Purshottam Lal, Director, interventional cardiology and chairman, Metro Group of Hospitals, Delhi.

The MCI board of governors is supposed to be a seven-member body. According to a source in the union health ministry, the government is still finalising the names of the other members. One new clause has been added to the functioning of the new board — all the new members will have to work as full-time officials of MCI.

The 77-year-old MCI was dissolved after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested then MCI president Dr Ketan Desai on April 22, 2010, for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore. Desai allegedly accepted the money in lieu of recognising a medical college in Punjab even though it did not meet MCI’s norms. [Source: ToI]

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Comment by Shivaram Prasad Singh
2011-05-15 07:40:02

Sonia Gandhi has been deciding: “Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri”, Pradhan Mantri, and ‘Rashtrapati’. Can’t she spare the MCI. And we talk of “Panchayat Raj” and devolution of power.

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