Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Govt appoints board to supersede MCI

The government on Wednesday superseded the Medical Council of India, appointing a board of governors to take over the council’s powers and functions pending passage of the National Medical Commission Bill that seeks to replace the MCI with a new regulatory body.
Following an ordinance that empowered the government, the health ministry issued a notification asking the president, vice-president and other MCI members to vacate their offices immediately. The notification also stated that until a new council was reconstituted, a board would be constituted to take over the functioning of the MCI. The NMC Bill is pending in Parliament.
The new board consists of the members of the earlier oversight committee appointed by the ministry following an SC order and two fresh names, Dr. Balram Bhargava, the DG of ICMR, and Dr S Venkatesh, the DG of DGHS.
Of the earlier OC members, Niti Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul will be the board chairperson, while directors of AIIMS-Delhi, PGIMER Chandigarh and the National Institute of Mental Health& Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore, Dr Randeep Guleria, Dr. Jagat Ram, Dr. BN Gangadhar respectively, as well as Dr Nikhil Tandon, professor in AIIMS, will be members. Dr. Sanjay Shrivastava, former deputy director general of health services has been appointed secretary-general to the board. The oversight committee had resigned earlier this month.

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