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21st September, 2017
Draft Recommendations to decide professional incompetence: Report of the Study Group
 
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The present Study Group came to be constituted by the President Medical Council of India in response to a communication from National President Indian Medical Association Dr. K. K. Aggarwal addressed to her bringing to notice that Rule 8.6 in the Code of Medical Ethics Regulation 2002, which brings out that Medical Council of India has to prescribe guidelines with respect to judgment by a peer group pertaining to 'professional incompetence' of a professional.
 
Accordingly the Study Group critically debated and discussed the said issue and is pleased to observe as under: 
 
Rule 8.6 of the Code of Medical Ethics Regulations 2002 reads as under:
 
"Professional incompetence shall be judged by peer group as per guidelines prescribed by Medical Council of India"
 
As such, it is evident that professional incompetence of a professional duly registered with the State Medical Council upon fulfilling the precondition of the eligibility of having acquired recognized medical qualifications from a University and duly incorporated in the concerned schedule appended to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, is required to be judged by a peer group in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Medical Council of India.
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