Published On: Mon, Jun 7th, 2010

Govt. to set up National Council for Human Resources in Health

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The government has proposesd to establish an umbrella body to oversee medical education in the country and to prevent scams of the kind that have hit the Medical Council of India (MCI), Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

Once the National Council for Human Resources in Health comes into being, “it will take care of everything”, Azad said. He also said the Draft Bill had been circulated to the states and Union Territories.

In a statement made in the house, Azad said medical education in the country needed to be reformed to enable the MCI to function in a “fair and objective manner”.

The MCI has been in the eye of a storm ever since its President, Ketan Desai, was arrested on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs 20 million for granting recognition to a private medical college in Punjab.