Row rumbles on over suitability of top Indian doctor for WMA president

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 02 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h438
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. 1Bangalore

A row has erupted among prominent Indian doctors about the suitability of Ketan Desai, a former president of the Medical Council of India, as president of the World Medical Association, a position he is due to take up in October 2016.

The disagreement centres around charges brought against Desai in 2010 by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, which accused him of having sought a bribe from a private medical college that was seeking approval from the council when he was president.1 Desai denies the charges.

Desai was originally declared president elect of the WMA in 2009 and was due to take up the post in October 2010. But he failed to attend the association’s annual meeting and was not appointed.2 After Desai was arrested on the bribery charges in April 2010, the council was disbanded by the government before being reconstituted in November 2013. Meanwhile, Desai’s licence to practise medicine, which was suspended in 2010, was …

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