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MCI DE-Rosters Doctors for Appearing in Advertisements

In News:

  • The Medical Council of India has taken action against a group of physicians who reportedly appeared in an advertisement released by the hospital they were working in.

In Brief:

  • While the council makes it plain that no doctor can indulge in any advertisement to promote himself or his/her practice, doctors see the recent judgment as an “interpretation” of the rules.
  • Hence it decided to remove their names from the Indian Medical Register/State Medical Register for 15 days or transgressing the Code of Medical Ethics.

About Medical Council of India:

  • Medical Council of India is a statutory body.
  • Initially, it was set up in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933.
  • The Council was later reconstituted under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 that supplanted the before Act.
  • It establishes the uniform and high standards of medical education in India.
  • It also registers doctors to practice in India, in order to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.
  • The registration of doctors and their qualifications is usually done by state medical councils.
  • Recently the NITI Aayog has suggested the substitution of Medical Council of India (MCI) with the National Medical Commission (NMC).

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