Punjab Medical Council (PMC) president Dr GS Grewal on Saturday confronted medical education minister Anil Joshi's claims of "being ignorant on the issue of ghost faculty" with facts.
Responding to the statement by Joshi in a section of the media about the ghost faculty and doctors taking cuts and commissions, Grewal said the minister must have been updated by his department regarding the circular sent by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in February with the definition of the ghost faculty.
"It is unfortunate that the minister is feigning ignorance when the MCI circular is already on the record of his department for six months and has also been extensively covered by the media," he said, adding that the minister's statement is factually incorrect that he is ignorant about the meaning of ghost faculty.
Grewal said there had been a probe conducted by the CBI at a private medical college in Puducherry, where ghost faculty registered in Punjab had been found staying in a hotel during the MCI inspection and were prosecuted.
He said the MCI, during the chairmanship of Dr KK Talwar, and state medical councils in other states had already taken stringent measures, including temporary suspension of the registration of ghost teachers.
Grewal said that in other cases, the Enforcement Directorate was probing allegations against doctors regarding pharmaceutical cuts and commissions, which violated the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations.
He said, "After my taking over as president, each and every decision of the PMC has been taken according to the statutory rules and regulations of the Act. We know our limits and don't cross it even under coercion."