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Maharashtra: Doctors Absent from Rural Postings may lose license

Maharashtra: Doctors Absent from Rural Postings may lose license

MUMBAI : Doctors now will be held accountable for being absent from their mandatory rural postings. The public health department has decided to report them to the Medical Council of India (MCI), seeking cancellation of their registration to practise.

This comes in light of the severe criticism that the Maharshtra State government is facing for the rising instances of mal-nutrition in the state. The government is also facing severe flak from the media, as many of the rural health centres suffering from lack of appointments of medical practitioners or facing blatant absenteeism on their part.

The last couple of months have revealed the dismal state of health and nutrition in rural Maharashtra with an increase in the death toll primarily due to malnutrition. The state government faced sharp criticism for the same.

Medical Dialogues team earlier reported that a Mid day filed RTI revealed that during the year slab of 2011 to 2015, more than half of students who passed out of the courses from the Grant Medical college/ JJ group of hospitals, opted out of the one year bond of serving in rural areas and fulfilling the requirements of the bond they signed. They were rarely penalized for the same

Read more : Majority doctors opt off Compulsory Rural Service bond : RTI Reveals

The government in order to curb the growing absenteeism is now resorting to stricter measures against Medical Professionals. This would include reporting the said doctors to the apex Medical Council, while recommending that MCI cancels their license, reports TOI.

As per the rules under the 2002 regulation of the MCI, not being present at work can be treated as misconduct and action can be initiated. Currently, over 180 such doctors are under the scanner of the department. “These doctors take up the rural postings, but don’t report to work. We have suspended them,” said a senior state officials

Source: with inputs
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  1. Government policy should be To Make Rural India Gealthy!
    Rural area are MOST NEGLECTED FOR LIVING!
    Intriors have NO RIAD ..NO POWER.. NO WATER.. NO EARNIG FOR LIVELYHOID!
    And Doctors cant prevent any if This! They thamselve will suffer.
    RURAL UPLIFTMENT AND BANNING GROWTHS OF CITIES IS THE NEED!
    Wrong Directed Pkanning ..is the cause…along with CORRUPTION inAll Public Works!
    Dont blame AND Punish DOCTORS.
    MCI does not cancel registration…Thats with State M C.

  2. This is a good move., but I believe are only doctors accountable! Even the health care workers, local politicians from area should be accountable. Can\’t get political ticket if do not perform n show proof.. and our dear BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, PHYSIOTHERAPY n quacks all should be brought into picture, to help. Lack of qualified doctors u see. !