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New MCI rule bars 6000 doctors from teaching

Mahendra Kumar Singh, TNN | Apr 10, 2011, 04.00am IST

NEW DELHI: A Union health ministry notification has deprived India of the services of around 6,000 doctors as teaching faculty in medical colleges — hamstrung as it is by an acute shortage of doctors and teaching professionals.

The ministry approved Medical Council of India’s (MCI) recommendation bars Diplomate of the National Board (DNB) degree-holders from teaching if they do not have the one-year additional teaching experience to make them on a par with MD/MS candidates.

The directive bars around 3,000 DNB degree-holders, who have taught for several years as faculty members. It also disqualifies another 3,000-odd doctors, who are pursuing senior residency from teaching, said an official.

According to the new rule, DNB degree-holders, who have passed out from private or non-MCI recognized medical colleges, are required to undergo an additional year of senior residency in a teaching medical institution.

National Board of Examination (NBE) has dubbed the move “discriminatory”. Pointing out that the directive is in direct conflict with various judgments of High Court and Supreme Court, the Board claimed that amendments are irrational and a breach of statutory powers.

Surprisingly, the ministry revoked its own notifications of July, 2006; and February, 2009, that had done away with the need for an additional year’s teaching experience on ‘unilateral’ recommendation of MCI without consultation with stakeholders like NBE.

These notifications, which had suggested that the teaching experience gained during DNB courses should be treated as experience for teaching in medical institutions, were based on reports of expert committees and in adherence with statutory process as prescribed by the Indian Medical Council Act.

Many within the ministry and NBE were taken aback by the move seen as a U-turn. “There is neither a cause nor any justification at this stage to backtrack on the 2009 notification and approve these amendments,” Dr K Srinath Reddy, president, NBE, wrote in a letter to the Union health secretary. “The amended qualification reveals that uniformity of the prestigious DNB qualifications has been breached unilaterally,” the letter stated.

The ministry, in turn, has asked MCI to address NBE’s demand of a rollback of the ‘discriminatory’ notification.

An official said MCI is dragging its feet because the Council has been asked to reconsider its own recommendation. “Indian Medical Council Act does not empower MCI to consider or adjudicate the issue,” he added. MCI cannot regulate post-graduate courses.

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