Private doctors under MCI scanner over UK trip
A foreign sojourn by 11 private Madhya Pradesh doctors to beat the summer has eventually left them facing more heat. The doctors who flew along with their families to England and Scotland are under the scanner, with the ministry of health and family welfare, suspecting that a pharmaceuticals company might have illegally sponsored their trip to these countries.
Freebies and sponsorship by drug manufacturing company is strictly prohibited and violation invites strict action against erring doctors including suspension of licence to practice.
The ministry’s move came after MP Dr Jyoti Mirdha and also a Member of Parliamentary standing committee on health, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to intervene in “growing malpractice” by medical practitioners.
Sources in the Health Ministry said the complaint received from Prime Minister’s Office has been referred to Medical Council of India for further investigations.
“If the doctors have taken sponsored travel, MCI is authorised to take appropriate action. The freebies and sponsorship by pharmaceutical companies are not allowed and MCI discourages such practice. We have asked the MCI ethics committee to look into the complaint and if they are found guilty, licence shall be revoked,” sources informed.
MCI secretary Dr Sanjay Shrivastava told Express he is yet to receive a formal order from the health ministry on the issue.
“Our ethics committee, which has eminent members on the board will examine the matter after receiving the complaint and only after getting the report we will decide next course of action,” Dr Shrivastava said.
However doctors figuring on the list sent to the PMO denied taking a sponsored trip and said the group of doctors paid for the entire travel abroad.
One of the doctors Srikant Rege of Indore, Madhya Pradesh who was named in the list told the Express that he never accepted any free tickets from a drug manufacturing company and the entire allegation was false.