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NEET-SS 2021: ‘Don’t treat young doctors like footballs,’ SC to Centre on last minute changes in paper pattern

Prime News, National, Education, Doctors, Medical Science, Health, New Delhi, September 28:- “Don’t treat young doctors as football in the game of power,” the Supreme Court said on Monday (September 27), warning the Centre that it may pass strictures if it is not satisfied with justification for last-minute changes to the NEET Super Speciality Examination 2021 syllabus.

The apex court said it “will not allow these young doctors to be placed in the hands of some insensitive bureaucrats”, and asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Medical Commission (NMC) and National Board of Examination (NBE) to “put their house in order.”

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, to hold a meeting with other two authorities within a week. “Better come with some strong reasons as if we are not satisfied, we will pass structures,” it said.

“Don’t treat these young doctors as footballs in the game of power. Hold the meeting and put your house in order. We will not allow the lives of these young doctors to be placed in the hands of some insensitive bureaucrats,” it added.

The top court was hearing a plea of 41 post-graduate doctors who have challenged the last minute changes made to the syllabus after the notification for examination was issued.

At the outset, senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the young doctors, said that there is urgency in the matter and they have filed a written submission also in the matter.

Advocate Gaurav Sharma, appearing for NMC, said that they would like to file a reply in the matter and sought adjournment of one week. The bench said, “Mr Sharma, what is the NMC doing? We are dealing with the lives of young doctors who will pursue super specialty courses. You have issued the notification for examination on July 23 and then changed the syllabus on August 31. What is this? They are to sit for examinations on November 13 and 14.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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