The Government of India reconstituted the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) after the President of India; Pranab Mukherjee promulgated the Ordinance amending Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. Dr R K Srivastava was appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India.
Effects of amendment in Indian Medical Council Act, 1956
• The amendment in the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 enables the Overseas Citizens of India to practice medicine in India.
• The amendment also removes the restriction on foreign doctors to practice only for teaching, research or charitable work.
• The amendment also provides for separate representation to Union Territories and more representation to Health Universities.
The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was promulgated as the Ordinance by the Government of India. It was introduced in Rajya Sabha during the Budget session.
The term of the present Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India ended on 14 May 2013, but it has been given extension.