MCI DE-Rosters Doctors for Appearing in Advertisements
- 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.
- 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).