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Punjab’s minister of medical education moves to oust medical council president

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i398 (Published 25 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i398
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. 1Bangalore

A long running dispute between members of the Punjab Medical Council has ended in the state’s minister of medical education and research moving to oust the council’s president.

Anil Joshi, Punjab’s minister of medical education and research, announced on 17 January that Gurinder Singh Grewal was no longer president of the Punjab Medical Council. Joshi has reportedly constituted a panel to nominate a new president, alleging that Grewal’s presidency ended in January 2015 because his term as council member ended then.1

Grewal has vociferously disputed Joshi’s claim, pointing to an amendment to the Punjab Medical Register Act, which says that the council’s president need not be a council member. Therefore, even though he stopped being a council member in January 2015 he will continue to be president until his five year tenure ends in December 2016, he maintains. “The minister has no right to remove me or appoint me. It is the chief minister [of Punjab] who will take the decision,” Grewal told The BMJ.

Grewal’s brother, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, who is an adviser to the chief minister, has also previously spoken out in support of Grewal …

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