MCI needs to introspect, fast

Dr Ketan DesaiWith an inquiry already underway into the alleged money-for-seat scam involving functionaries of two private Tamil Nadu medical colleges, one hopes that the issue shall not die down at this early stage itself.

Most inquiries into issues related to corruption in high office reach a dead end and the process of fixing fault usually takes long, with several rounds of committees and inquiry panels being constituted.

But it would be in the larger public interest to prevent the matter from being put on the back burner so easily.

From the perspective of the MCI and its chief Ketan Desai, it would be good if issues related to alleged seeking of capitation fee by medical colleges can be treated as a matter separate from those related to facilities and infrastructure in these colleges and deemed universities.

Desai’s view that even UGC comes into play while dealing with deemed universities carries weight.

While it is easy to heap the entire blame on Desai’s head for the alleged corrupt practices in some private medical colleges, one cannot ignore the fact that his role is limited to owning up responsibility for the collective inability of MCI, UGC and Health Ministry in checking the menace of capitation fee.

Apart from some introspection, Desai and his team would do good by drawing a lesson or two from the Tamil Nadu episode.

The most crucial one could be that seeking capitation fee from students could be included in the list of grounds on which a private medical college’s derecognition could be recommended by a regulatory body like the MCI.

But the crucial aspect, as in most cases related to corruption in public places, is to prove the allegations.

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Hopefully, the current probe by the executive committee will succeed in nailing the culprits and restoring public faith in the system that governs medical education in the country.

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Foreign Dignitaries are flocking to India for treatment

Dignitaries from all over the world flocking to the country not to experience its rich cultural heritage; not even toashok seth9invest and discuss business projects but to get treated….. How does that sound? Too good to be true? Not exactly!

Indian healthcare set up is in the process of becoming the cynosure of all eyes. Pakistani human rights activist, Asma Jahangir and Bangladeshi jute minister, Abdul Latif Siddiqui getting themselves treated at Delhi bears this out with aplomb. Of the two, Jahangir underwent angioplasty at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre this Thursday only. She had a tiny blockage in the right artery of her heart which was diagnosed on Wednesday when she was in the capital for her husband’s routine check-up at the Okhla based Escorts hospital.

SWITZERLAND-UN-RIGHTS-US-INTERROGATION-TORTURE“It was just a coincidence that I came along with my husband for his health check-up. I didn’t have any problem. But I too decided to go for a general check-up and the doctors found there was a blockage in my heart,” said Jahangir.

The doctors at Escorts then decided to perform an angioplasty to which she gave her consent immediately. The interventional procedure headed by Dr. Ashok Seth went on for about 40 minutes to rectify the blockage. The procedure was uneventful. She is fine and can resume work in a month’s time, said Dr. Vijay. It bears mention that Bangladeshi jute minister who underwent an angioplasty a week before Jahangir is already back to work. He was suffering from palpitations and chest congestion, due to a blockage in one of his arteries, said Dr Seth.

Siddique was actually referred to some hospital in Singapore by Lab Aid Hospital of Dhaka. But, he preferred coming toAbdul Latif Siddiqui India to take treatment from Dr. Seth”, said Dr. Vijay. Dr. Seth is one of the most experienced cardiac surgeons in the world and has performed more than 40,000 Angiograms and 15,000 Angioplasties in his career, for which he has received recognition in the ‘Limca Book of Records’.