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Indore: High court stays ban imposed on doctors

indore Updated: Mar 04, 2015 17:50 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court (HC) on Tuesday granted a stay to five Indore-based neurologists against the ban imposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), restricting their clinical practice.

The doctors were in a list of 15 medical practitioners issued by MCI recently, who were allegedly found to be accepting undue favors — including foreign tours — from pharmaceutical firms.

The doctors approached the high court claiming that the findings of MCI were not correct and prayed before the court to reinstate their medical practice.

The MCI on February 18 had cracked the whip against 15 doctors across the state, who were allegedly found to be accepting undue favors. The matter was forwarded by MCI to the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council for further investigation.

Three different benches at Indore of MPHC headed by justice Shubhada Waghmare, justice PK Shrivastava and justice SC Sharma granted the stay to the five neurologists.

The neurologists include Dr Vaishali Nadkarni, Dr Rajesh Mulay, Dr Swati Mulay, Dr Atul Tapadia and Dr Jaishree Tapadia.

Earlier on Monday, the high court granted a stay on the ban against Dr Shrikant Rege on the similar grounds.

The ban would have restricted the doctors from practicing for a period of six months for violation of MCI rules.

Complaints against such mala fide practices had been launched by an NGO, Swasthya Adhikar Manch, in 2012 to the Medical Council of India to investigate in the matter of Intas Pharmaceutical-sponsored foreign tours availed by the doctors.

The said matter was then considered by the ethics committee of the MCI and in its subsequent hearings, the matter was further forwarded to the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council for further investigation.

The case

Fifteen doctors across Madhya Pradesh were on February 18 accused by the Medical Council of India of accepting undue favours from pharmaceutical companies

The MCI forwarded the matter to the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council for further investigation

Complaints to the MCI against such mala fide practices by doctors had been launched an NGO, Swasthya Adhikar Manch, in 2012

The ban against the doctors would have restricted them from practicing for six months

Five neurologists on the list approached the high court, claiming that the MCI findings were incorrect and were granted a stay against the ban imposed by the MCI.