Doctors, who have earned their medical degrees before 2010, have a breather as the state government has changed its earlier stand. In the circular issued on September 21, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had issued a notice to the doctors who completed their medical degrees from state/municipal corporation-run medical colleges.
In the notice they were asked to show the bond-free certificate. In failing to do so, the registration of the doctors wouldn’t have been renewed and such doctors would have been treated as bogus doctors. Now revising the decision, the DMER has exempted those doctors who have got the degree before 2010, informed DMER sources to My Medical Mantra. Doctors who have earned their degrees since 2011 will have to submit their bond-free certificate.
The state has been facing shortage of doctors in rural areas. A doctor who has completed their graduation/ post-graduation/ super speciality/ degree/ diploma from the government-run or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run medical colleges, have to serve either a bond or have pay Rs10 lakh to the government. However, it is found that many of these students manage to dodge the bonded service without paying the fines.
The DMER controls and regulates the administration of government medical colleges and hospitals along with government dental colleges and hospitals. It also controls and regulates urban and rural health centres attached to these institutions.