Medical Council of India faces CAG flak

Medical Council of India faces CAG flak

The case relates to forwarding of details of 102 medical teachers by the Dental Council to the MCI who were found working in both dental colleges as well as medical colleges in violation of the norms. But, despite being provided with the details and request for necessary action from the Dental Council, the MCI did not initiate any proceedings in this regard, the audit said.

The performance audit report also found that the MCI recommended lodging of FIRs against 325 doctors for submitting forged certificates or declarations to it at the time of inspection of the medical colleges but the police did not act.

In view of the seriousness of the matter, the MCI removed the names of 134 medical teachers/doctors temporarily on various grounds from the Indian Medical Register(IMR). But the audit body maintained that the action taken by the MCI did not prove to be effective to curb the menace as 38 such medical teachers were found working in medical colleges during the period of deletion of their name from the IMR.

The MCI also failed to detect and take action against 18 cases of impersonation for the period 2004-05 to 2008-09.

"Audit noticed 18 cases of impersonation from the database of the Council for the period 2004-05 to 2008-09 where medical teachers were found working in more than one medical college on the same date of inspection.

"As the Council failed to detect the discrepancy, no action was taken on these cases of impersonation," the audit report said. The CAG also rapped the MCI for not adhering to the inspection rules of medical colleges. According to the statutory requirements, each medical college needs to be inspected by the Council within a period of five years.

The audit revealed that the MCI did not adhere to its norms of periodical inspection of recognised medical colleges once in a block of five years in 56 out of 63 institutions during 2004-05 to 2008-09.

The auditor pointed out that the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi was inspected after a gap of 14 years while SN Medical College in Agra and MLN Medical College in Allahabad were inspected by the Council after an interval of 12 years.

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