Indore: Despite suspension of accused doctors in unethical drug trials for three months by the Medical Council of India (MCI) last month, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College is yet to receive orders from the state medical council suggesting action against these doctors.

“We have not received the orders from the State Medical Council and will act as per the orders,” said acting dean of MGM Medical College, Dr Sanjay Dixit.

Meanwhile, irked by the delay, whistleblower in the case and RTI activist, Dr Anand Rai appealed to dean of MGM Medical College, Dr Sharad Thora to take immediate action against the doctors on the basis of orders released by the apex medical regulatory body.
Dr Rai also submitted a memorandum to the dean with a copy of the MCI order released on July 26 to suspend the registration of eight doctors for their involvement in the unethical drug trials.

“There might be something fishy as the orders of Madhya Pradesh Medical Council didn’t reach the medical college yet. MCI had released the orders almost 15 days ago, but the MPMC failed to take action and delaying the matter,” Dr Rai said.

Saying the doctors are moving court to obtain stay, he alleged that the officials of medical education department and MPMC were helping them directly and indirectly.

Dr Raj further informed that the Drug Trials Victims Welfare Association will file an intervene petition with the court for not giving relief to the doctors. One of the eight accused doctors, on condition of anonymity, also confirmed that he has filed a petition with the court for stay on Tuesday.

“We are not filing the petition together but individually. We have prepared our explanation and basis to prove us innocent, as nothing was done unethically,” the petitioner said.

However, Dean Dr Sharad Thora didn’t respond to the call for commenting on the issue.

The doctors facing suspension by MCI are: Dr Anil Bharani, Dr Hemant Jain, Dr VS Pal, Dr Pali Rastogi, Dr Ujjawal Sardesai, Dr Abhay Paliwal, Dr Ramghulam Razdan and Dr Ashish Patel.

The apex body has already made a mockery of the deceased and other victims of drug trial by handing over a mere three-month suspension to the accused doctors and letting them off with a casual warning, even after so many years of investigation. And now, the delay in action adds more to it.
– Dr Anand Rai
RTI activist & whistleblower

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