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4,548 doctors lose Medical Council registration for not serving in rural areas

4,548 doctors lose Medical Council registration for not serving in rural areas

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has cancelled the registration of over 4,500 doctors for failing to serve in rural areas for a year, which is mandatory, a Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) official said.

The decision to cancel their registration was taken by DMER after it found that these doctors have refused to work in rural areas for a year – a mandatory provision made by the state government.

According to DMER, these doctors have even failed to pay the penalty incurred for not serving in rural areas.

In all, 4,548 doctors have faced action. They graduated from government-run medical colleges in the state between 2005 and 2012 and have neither served in rural areas nor paid the fine, it said.

A DMER official said, “If the doctors do not serve the bond, they must pay a penalty, which is Rs 10 lakh for an MBBS, Rs 50 lakh for post-graduates and Rs 2 crore for super- speciality doctors.”

Head of DMER Dr Pravin Shingare said all the doctors who have faced action, had been given sufficient time to honour their commitment to serve in rural areas or pay the penalty.

“We took this firm step as these doctors violated both the clauses,” he said.

A senior official of the state medical education department said every medical practitioner needs to renew his or her registration with the Maharashtra Medical Council.

Without the registration, these doctors will be called bogus and may invite legal action, he said.

“The objective of the bond is to give doctors exposure to complicated cases. It is a highly educative and learning experience for newly-graduated doctors. Hence, we want them to go to rural areas and work for at least a year,” the official said.

The government also provides reasonable allowances for doctors serving in tribal areas. The wages are also high, he said.

Dr Sagar Mundada, the chairman of the youth wing of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “Nobody is complaining about remuneration, but the real issue is poor infrastructure at primary health centres, where these doctors serve as a part of their bond.”

“Except for a handful of medicines, no other drugs are supplied. Other essential materials provided are of low quality and in poor quantity. The quarters provided to these doctors are poorly maintained and still they are expected to stay there for a year,” he said.

“The government forgets its responsibility of maintaining infrastructure and keeping a smooth supply of medicines and other necessary materials. Minor surgery has to carried out at PHCs and not a single equipment is available at the centres. In such cases, a doctor faces the wrath of people,” Mundada said.

Read also: Not Done Compulsory Bond service? Be Treated as Bogus Doctor- Maha Govt

Source: PTI
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    CHANDRANATH SARKAR October 18, 2017, 1:22 pm

    The Intent of the Govt. is good but as usual and expected the implementation is not only poor but legally untenable.
    1. Was the Govt. and the Authorities sleeping since 2001 that 4000+ Drs. escaped the net without doing the compulsory rural stint.
    2. The bond for 10 Lakhs signed by the MBBS student upon admission in Govt. subsidized medical colleges gives option of either to do the compulsory stint or pay up 10 L. This option should be always open and implemented strictly. If the Dr. concerned neither pays nor does the compulsory stint then blacklisting is acceptable.
    3. The bond also gives them the time for completing the PG and the Super specialization- So the Dr. who avails the facility of extension due to reason of further studies should sign a Supplementary bond and his Registration certificate should contain these remarks. This can be verified and checked when it comes up for renewal.
    4. Govt. should appoint Bond positions and remuneration commensurate with the qualifications. Add good incentive for service in remote and rural areas.

  2. Good,

    Rather developing rural areas may be a good decision

  3. Plz provide the list ….

  4. Sheer waste of time for specialist to work in primitive rural setup . Bhaisahab . Raise the standards of village PHCs ChC s

  5. Sir pls do something for fmge aspirants