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Medical Council of India is corrupt, says health minister

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4762
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. 1Bangalore

India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, has described the Indian drug regulator, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), as a “snake pit of vested interests,” and he labelled the Medical Council of India (MCI) a corrupt organisation.

He was responding to questions from the Indian Express after The BMJ published an article by David Berger, a general medicine practitioner who had worked in northern India. In the article Berger chronicled his experiences of working in a corrupt system and said that such corruption was eroding the trust between doctors and patients.1

Berger highlighted the practice of referral payments, in which diagnostic centres pay doctors a commission for each patient referred …

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