New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has been directed by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to disclose names of doctors found guilty of medical negligence or misconduct since January 2011 on its website by May 30, 2012 and update the information regularly every month.
“It is necessary that information about names of doctors who are found guilty by the Ethics Committee of Medical Negligence / Misconduct are displayed on the website of the Medical Council of India and when the punishment is decided the quantum of punishment should also be displayed,” said information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi on Wednesday.
The order was in response to an application by S P Mancharida who had sought information related to the MCI decision holding four doctors from Max Hospital Pitampura guilt of medical negligence. The decision was taken on March 8, 2011. A year later no decision had been taken on the quantum of punishment nor information given on the reason for delay or status of the case.
In his order Gandhi said, “The Ethics Committee of MCI has reportedly found 4 doctors guilty but is now delaying awarding any punishment since past 14 months. The complete collapse of mechanisms to punish people who have been found guilty is extremely damaging for society and denies victims a sense of justice being done.” [Source: ToI]