In a strong move to zero in on doctors who have studied in state or civic-run medical colleges but have not completed the mandatory one-year bond and/or cleared the fees, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has asked doctors to submit their bond-free certificate to the state medical council.
The DMER, on September 21, issued a notice stating that it has instructed the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) not to renew the registration of the doctors who have failed to submit the bond-free certificate to them. The notice clarified that such doctors will be treated as bogus doctors and they are liable to action under the Maharashtra Medical Profession Act, 1961. Doctors across the state had opposed it and wrote a letter which stated that the state government cannot term all the doctors as ‘bogus’. The doctors have asked the government to set limits for the year.
By taking it in to consideration, for a year, DMER has postponed the procedure of terming doctors as bogus. Dr Pravin Shingare, DMER said, “As per the rules, some degree holder doctors did not complete the bond-service in the rural areas. To find out ‘bogus’ doctors in Maharashtra, we had written a letter to MMC, saying that while, renewing the medical license, ask the doctors to submit the bond papers. Also, a notice was sent to the doctors.”
He added, “We are discussing about it. And now, the decision of action against the doctors has been put on hold.”
Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President-elect, Indian Medical Association (IMA) said, “DMER does not have the right to term all doctors as bogus. Government gives them a degree and the MMC gives them the right to practice. I have got information from Dr Shingare about the action against these doctors has been put on hold, for a year. Still, discussion is going on. After which, we will decide as to which doctor will be termed as ‘bogus’.”