New Delhi: The arrest of Medical Council of India chief, Ketan Desai, the man being touted as the don of the Medical Council of India has thrown open a Pandora's box. Shocking details are now emerging.
CNN-IBN has access to documents that show rules were changed and tweaked to allow students who studied humanities and even home science to practice medicine in the country.
Dr Ramanender Singh, registration number 17878, was registered as doctor in August 2003. The shocking thing is that he has passed 10+2 from an unrecognized board.
One Dr Shobit Singh became a doctor after higher secondary education in agriculture.
Dr Thressia Kokattu was registered as a doctor by the MCI. It doesn't matter that she did not study science subjects like biology in her 10+2.
Dr Marena Francis did home science in class twelve. Despite the Supreme Court order in April 2003, the MCI went ahead and registered all of them as doctors.
CNN-IBN has documents to show how Medical Registration was also granted to candidates who had failed in their class XII theory papers.
Exceptional favours and exemptions were also granted by Desai and company.
According to the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, a first year MBBS student has four chances to clear all subjects.
In March 2000 the Executive Committee of the MCI flouted this rule:
Documents available with CNN-IBN show that students of Govt Medical College Nagpur; NKP Salve Inst of Medical Science, Nagpur; Jawaharlal Medical College, Meghe and Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University were given permission to make a 6th and even a 7th attempt.
Two years later the Executive Committee authorized the President to deal with such requests.
In 2003 the regulations were amended and the clause restricting the number of attempts to 4 was removed.
The Health Minister says the government needs more powers to ensure that regulators do not work like corrupt dictators.
From recognising and derecognising medical colleges to allowing home science and arts students to become doctors, Desai and friends have used quick fix solutions for everything.
In Parliament allegations of political patronage came thick and fast on Monday. It is for the government to figure out how to clean the MCI and save medical education.