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Healthcare reform should go beyond MCI and doctors, says DMAI

New Delhi: The Disease Management Association of India (DMAI), while welcoming the Supreme Court’s recent decision to appoint a three-member Oversight Committee to oversee the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI), has said the reform should not be just around MCI but for all professional regulatory bodies for healthcare like the Pharmacy Council of India, Nursing Council of India, Homeopathic Council etc.

Rajendra Pratap Gupta
Rajendra Pratap Gupta

“All these bodies are there to protect their own turfs, and no one ‘really’ cares for the ‘Patient’ for whom the entire healthcare system should operate,” Rajendra Pratap Gupta, president, DMAI said on Monday.

In a letter to the Supreme Court Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A R Dave, A K Sikri, R K Agrawal, Adarsh K Goel and R Banumathi, Gupta said, “I would request you to take a pragmatic view and reconsider the structure and scope of the committee, and the reform should not be just around MCI, but for all professional bodies for healthcare.”

Gupta further said, “We should have a body like the ‘Healthcare Council’ that includes members from all stakeholders. If these committees only have doctors, we will see nothing but a ‘medicalised’ reform of Healthcare. Something that we must avoid at all costs.”

“Healthcare must focus on ‘Population Health’ and not overly on ‘doctors’. Today, everything in healthcare revolves around the doctors and no wonder we have ‘treatment based’ healthcare system. Please address this issue and go beyond doctors,” added Gupta, who is also a member of the Central Council of Health & Family Welfare, Union Ministry of Health and author of a book ‘Healthcare Reforms in India – Making up for the Lost Decades’.

The Supreme Court on May 2 appointed a three-member committee of Justice R M Lodha (Former Chief Justice of India), Dr Shiv Kumar Sarin (Former Chairman of the Medical Council of India) and Vinod Rai (Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India) to oversee the functioning of the MCI till it is reformed.

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