The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to set up a panel to substitute the court-appointed oversight committee, headed by former CJI R M Lodha, to look after the affairs of the Medical Council of India (MCI), with the government saying it would come up with names by tomorrow.
In May last year, amidst the news of multiple deficiencies in the functioning of the MCI, the apex court had appointed a 3 member committee headed by CJI Lodha to oversee it. The government meanwhile had constituted a high-level committee under the chairmanship of the vice- chairman of the Niti Aayog and proposed that MCI should be completely dissolved and replaced by a new body called the National Medical Commission under a Bill called the National Medical Commission Bill.
The Bill which has enjoyed a lot of attention, both good and bad from doctors and public alike, is now ready to be presented before the Parliament. However, it is not known whether it will be passed in the ongoing monsoon session.
In the midst of this chaos, the Supreme Court has now given the government an ultimatum to set up its own panel failing which the Supreme Court will once again set up its own committee.