MCI amends controversial rule on disabled doctors

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Following reports of some MBBS doctors with high levels of locomotor disability being denied permission to pursue post-graduate courses, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has amended its guidelines to say that such candidates could be admitted based on a case by case assessment of “functional competency” with the aid of assistive devices.
Before this notification, many students with locomotor disability who had cleared NEET were subjected to the humiliation of undergoing assessment without assistive devices, like being asked to walk without crutches.
The amendment notification stated that those who were earlier declared ineligible due to disability level being assessed as more than 90% will have to appear for a reassessment. “Currently, the registration phase is on. Choice filling will start from March 19. The candidates will need their eligibility certificates only for the reporting phase, which is from March 27 to April 3. So there is plenty of time for them to get reassessed,” said a health ministry official.
TOI had reported earlier about an MBBS doctor being declared as having over 90% disability after the medical board in Safdarjung Hospital made him walk without his crutches.
Yet another candidate from Rajasthan had to travel to Delhi as there were only four assessment centres in the four metros. A flood of such complaints has led to MCI expanding the number of assessment centres to 10. Of the 79,633 doctors who cleared NEET this year, 215 had disabilities. Though these doctors had already demonstrated their capability by completing the MBBS course, they were subjected to reassessment to determine if they are eligible to study further.


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