New Delhi: Sending the warning signals about the future of medical education in the country, more than a dozen public health experts have written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking his intervention in cleaning up the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Invoking the inexperience of the members of the MCI in the field of medical education, the experts have raised the selection of new board members by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In the letter to the PM, it has been claimed that none apart from board chairman KK Talwar has any experience in medical education.

Dr. Veena Shatrughna, former deputy director of the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, said, “The board members are either ineligible or there is conflict of interest between their duty and personal interests.”

The letter also highlights the contradictory stand of the Health Ministry in appointment of members on the board. The Health Ministry claimed the same members ineligible to hold the post whom it itself had appointed a year back after the arrest of the then MCI president Ketan Desai on corruption charges. Ministry had termed them as the best suited to take over the responsibility.

The decision of the Ministry to issue an ordinance about the appointment of new MCI members raised suspicion. The experts in the letter have raised the issue of opacity in the entire appointment procedure.

Among those who have appealed quick action in this matter include associations like All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN), SEHAT, Medico Friend Circle, Drug Action Forum and SEHAJ.

They have argued that the way patients are exploited and fleeced by private hospitals, an honest and effective MCI is the demand of the hour.

JPN/Bureau