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Karnataka: Doctor accuses council of taking HAFTA, gets notice

Karnataka: Doctor accuses council of taking HAFTA, gets notice

Doctor allegedly used the word HAFTA in context with the renewal fee that was being charged by the council.

Banglore: Karnataka Medical Council is reported to have sent notice to a neurosurgeon in the state, for making defamatory remarks against the State Medical council in a meeting.

The incident goes back to last Month, when a meeting was held between the Karnataka Medical Council and representatives of the state branch on the Indian Medical Association over the license renewal issue. The proposal of renewal process based on CME credits which was being introduced by the council had been met with strong opposition from the medical fraternity in the state.

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It is reported that the meeting, which was held at Chamarajpet, saw heated discussions between the council representatives as well as IMA members. IMA doctors were opposing the move of the council of collecting Rs 1000 as fee towards renewal of licences from all doctors.It was during these heated discussions that one neurosurgeon, Dr Bhanuprakash AS allegedly used defamatory language against the council and accused the authority of  collecting HAFTA in the name of renewal fees.

Elaboarting on the issue, Council president Dr H Veerabhadrappa told Banglore Mirror, “He was the one who participated in the renewal meetings and in the name of expressing his views made some remarks that were uncalled for. Since the council is the regulatory body, he cannot make such remarks. He accused us of collecting hafta in the name of renewal fees and said that instead of carrying out the renewal process and causing inconvenience to the doctors, we should engage in noble initiatives like conducting drought relief operations. He cannot use this language against the council and hence, we decided to take disciplinary action against him.”

“We can also charge him with defamation,” Dr Veerabhadrappa added.

Reacting to the incident, the council has initiated a disciplinary actions against the doctor under the Karnataka Medical Registration Act (Section 15) as well as under the relevant provisions of Code of Medical Ethics Regulations, 2002 . While slapping him with a notice, he has been asked to appear before the council today.

When contacted, Dr Bhanuprakash, who practices at Banashankari, told BM, “I was just expressing my view that came out in a harsh manner and the council took offence and the president objected to this. I cannot comment further because the matter is subjudice.”

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  1. Why only doctors degrees becomes temporary while all other professional degrees are permanant for life time ?

    Why only doctors have to renew and why not lawyers, engineers, MBA, IAS, IPS, IFS, KAS, ….
    Isnt the medical council to protect doctors interest targeting it’s own people? Isnt there significant global socio ecological change happening needed to be updated by other professionals ??

    Why renewal is imposed in states where a state medical council is established and not for those who register directly in Indian medical council ?

    Why the rush to implement a suggestion before making suitable amendments to the KMC act ???

    CME registration fees, travel, accommodation, credit points, renewal, plastic card, finger print scanning, new certificate paper & printing isn’t it huge CARBON foot print burden on the doctors transferred to the suffering patients and their families and indirectly to the environment when nation and world is suffering from famine, draught, hunger, malnourishment, cancers ???

    Is this renewal a plot by the politicians to control the intellectual cream of the society which the KMC is being coaxed to support ????

    Whenever money is involved there is always smoke of misappropriation in all levels from family to organisation to state nation n world. There was no plan or agenda for money collected through renewal.
    Isnt it common knowledge that police constable takes money from hawkers saying he has to pay his head constable, who has to pay his sub inspector, and chain goes all the way up to either in the same post or avoid harassment ???
    I was working as a visiting consultant at ESI. I was repeatedly suggested by many to take 50/100 rs to write prescriptions for patients, 200 rs for capitation letter for MRI/CT/referral to tertiary hospital for care. Was even suggested to pay 25000 to the director to renew my contract because the director has to pay to the minister to keep the post. Was terminated as I said no to all !!!!!

    So the process was compared to to be an unpredictable utility collection of money like hafta.

    Neither the esteemed KMC or any members were named in the context

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    Ashok Kalamdani June 14, 2016, 8:44 pm

    I do not understand why our people are objecting the regulatory body which is struggling to regularise and improvise the standard of health care in Karnataka, the council office bearers are sincerely trying to upgrade the knowledge of practicing doctors by making CME points mandatory. It’s a norm in most of the countries. I condemn the derogatory remarks by our learned colleagues.

  3. Why only doctors degrees becomes temporary while all other professional degrees are permanant for life time ?

    Why only doctors have to renew and why not lawyers, engineers, MBA, IAS, IPS, IFS, KAS, ….
    Isnt the medical council to protect doctors interest targeting it’s own people? Isnt there significant global socio ecological change happening needed to be updated by other professionals ??

    Why renewal is imposed in states where a state medical council is established and not for those who register directly in Indian medical council ?

    Why the rush to implement a suggestion before making suitable amendments to the KMC act ???

    CME registration fees, travel, accommodation, credit points, renewal, plastic card, finger print scanning, new certificate paper & printing isn’t it huge CARBON foot print burden on the doctors transferred to the suffering patients and their families and indirectly to the environment when nation and world is suffering from famine, draught, hunger, malnourishment, cancers ???

    Is this renewal a plot by the politicians to control the intellectual cream of the society which the KMC is being coaxed to support ????

    Whenever money is involved there is always smoke of misappropriation in all levels from family to organisation to state nation n world. There was no plan or agenda for money collected through renewal.
    Isnt it common knowledge that police constable takes money from hawkers saying he has to pay his head constable, who has to pay his sub inspector, and chain goes all the way up to either in the same post or avoid harassment ???
    I was working as a visiting consultant at ESI. I was repeatedly suggested by many to take 50/100 rs to write prescriptions for patients, 200 rs for capitation letter for MRI/CT/referral to tertiary hospital for care. Was even suggested to pay 25000 to the director to renew my contract because the director has to pay to the minister to keep the post. Was terminated as I said no to all !!!!!

    So the process was compared to to be an unpredictable utility collection of money like hafta.

    Neither the esteemed KMC or any members were named in the context

  4. Dr bhanu is correct & he will WIN:)

  5. The doctor should go to higher court for redressal.

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