MCI has full authority to take disciplinary action against errant doctors: Mumbai High Court

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mumbai: While dismissing a number of writ petitions filed by several doctors whose licenses were suspended by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for deliberate misrepresentation and fraud, a division bench of Mumbai High Court has held that MCI has absolute power under the provisions of “Code of Ethics & Regulations, 2002” to take disciplinary action and cancel or suspend medical registrations of doctors found guilty for medical negligence or ethical violation.

Dr Bapat Vishnu Prasad Madhusudan, Dr Asmita Deshmukh, Dr Shashikant C Patel, all of whom were registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), were found prima facie guilty and charged by the CBI for providing fake evidence as attending professor in favour of Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences only to obtain the MCI recognition of this private medical college in Tamil Nadu.

After the CBI brought this to the attention of the MCI, the doctors were found guilty for ethical violation and their licenses were suspended for a period between one and five years. But since these doctors were registered with the MMC, the guilty doctors moved Mumbai High Court claiming that the MCI has no authority to take action against them, reports PBT.

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