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MCI suspends registrations of 15 doctors for availing favours from pharma firm

New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has reportedly suspended registrations of 15 doctors, who are based in Madhya Pradesh, for six months after they went for foreign jaunts allegedly sponsored by a private pharmaceutical company. The move follows an MCI investigation which found that these doctors had violated the council’s ethical regulations and committed misconduct.

According to reports, doctors whose registrations to practise medicine have been suspended include Indore-based Dr Shashikant Rege, Dr Vinod Nadkarni, Dr Virshali Nadkarni, Dr Dhanraj Panjwani, Dr Rajesh Muley, Dr Swati Muley, Dr Atul Kumar Tapadiya, Dr Jaishree Tapadiya; Gwalior-based Dr Atul Sahay, Dr Shweta Sahay, Dr Narottam Vaishya; Jabalpur-based Dr Harsh Saxena, Dr Prachi Saxena, Dr Alok Agrawal; and Ujjain-based Dr Mahendra Singh Chouhan.

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Swasthya Adhikar Manch’s activist Amulya Nidhi told reporters in Indore that Ahmedabad-based pharmaceutical company Intas Pharma had made arrangements and paid bills of visits of the 15 doctors to the United Kingdom. He said his organisation had complained to the MCI that the pharma company had sponsored these visits between May 24 and May 30, 2012. (Source: Indian Express)

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