The medical professionals would be classified under 7 categories based on the area of expertise and would have to pay a certification fees ranging between Rs 1,000-15,000, once in every three years
THANE: Reasoning out on absence of records of genuine medical practitioners functioning and to stop the menace of quackery in the area, the Thane Municipal corporation (TMC) is reported to have proposed a certification scheme for all medical practitioners and pathologists in the city.
A recent report in TOI points out that as per the new scheme of the thane municipal corporation, medical practitioners, dentists, diagnostic laboratories all would would have to shell out a certification fee and register their units with the TMC. The rationale behind the registrations is to get proper records and weed out around 1500 quacks that are functioning in the area.
“We do not have a record of independent doctors practicing in the city including path labs. We have proposed a registration for these professionals wherein we will not only get information on their location, contact details, but also their respective qualifications to connect with them during emergencies. A fee will be levied for the process,” informed a health officer from the TMC
There are nearly 3,500 medical practitioners and doctors registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council of whom many are also members of the Indian Medical Association and around 250 odd pathology labs working in the city, but the civic administration is still unaware of their actual numbers adds the daily.
Doctors have shown opposition to additional registration, calling it unnecessary in the light of state medical council registrations and also alleging certification fees to be additional burden on them.