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Myths about Medical Council Registration Busted

Myths about Medical Council Registration Busted

The recent development of the Medical Council of India, ordering the suspension of an orthopedic surgeon, for practicing with a lapsed licence, has indeed brought the issue of  Medical Council Registrations into the limelight. The said orthopedic surgeon, whose complaint was filed with the council in an alleged medical negligence case, while being exonerated by the council on the negligence charges, was held guilty on account of praciticing without license

The decision has drawn a mixed response from the members of the medical community, with some upholding the decision stating that the law is clear on the matter of registrations, while others calling this penalty as harsh.

Read more: Medical Council of India suspends leading Orthopedic Surgeon for practicing without license 

With the decision, one thing is clear – that the law of the land has to be followed, which calls for registration of all medical practitioner who is engaged in the practice of modern scientific system of medicine and all its branches  and has qualifications as prescribed in the First, Second or Third Schedules to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (Central Act 102 of 1956)

While it is unacceptable that doctors are unaware of these requirements, yet, there are a large number of doctors who do not have valid council registration and stand at risk of harsh punishment if this is brought to the notice of the respective councils.

This lapse is because of certain myths that prevail in the minds of medical practitioners and at this juncture it is appropriate to highlight the same. So Following are certain myths that prevent doctors from getting valid registrations, as well as the reality of the same.

Myth 1: Council Registrations are only required for Private Practice.

Truth: All doctors need to have a valid registration in order to practice under the law irrespective of government, semi-govt, army or private practice

With a myth that council registrations are only a must for doctors engaged in private practice, many doctors in the government service avoid getting registrations, stating that they are working in government hospitals and hence do not need registrations. Reality stands that all state medical councils maintain a register containing the particulars and details of all medical practitioners working in that state including both government and private practice doctors. 

Myth 2: PG Medical Students do not need council registration

Truth: All doctors, on passing their MBBS from a recognized medical institution need council registration. 

Post graduate and Super-Speciality Medical Students often think that they do not need council registration, as they are students and not in independent practice. However, the reality is that post-MBBS, the moment a medical student gets a doctor tag, they need to get themselves registered in order to practice. Even PG /SS students, have treat patients as a part of their studies and hence need to have a valid registration

Myth 3:  Having MCI registration removes the need for State Registrations

MCI maintains a register of particulars of medical practitioners of states/UTs where there are no independent state medical councils. Wherever the state medical councils exist under a State Act, every doctor practicing in that state/UT need to register with that state medical council  iinrder to practice in that particular state/UT

Myth 4: Additional Qualification of PG/SS need not necessarily be registered

Truth: All additional qualifications under the Schedule, Post MBBS should be updated with the respective council. Only after that updating, a medical practitioner will be allowed to practice the specialty of the additional qualification.

Myth 5: One-time Registration is enough

Truth: As per the respective state councils, renewal is mandatory protocol. Each state medical councils specifies the duration as well as conditions of renewal. Just like, one renews their driving license in order to drive, similarly, licenses need to be renewed at periodic intervals as laid down by the different state councils. This is the law of the land and hence needs to be followed.

Myth 6: One state council registration is enough

Truth: Unless specified otherwise, One state medical council registration only allows to practice within the boundary of that state. In order to practice in another area, doctors require obtaining valid registration with the new state medical council.

(The author is the founder of Medical Dialogues)

 

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  1. Suppose a doctor is doing practice after temporary or permanent suspension of his or her medical registration, with a blank paper(not mentioning his or her name or Regn. No.); what will happen? Will there be any punishment for that? Because many quacks are already practising in this style and nothing happens

  2. sir it is a fact that section 27 and28 of indian medical act 1956 allowed practice in any state . though there are many amendments to that act the above sections were not touched upon by parliament.thus the above sections stands valid even today but unfortunately the legal representatives of the affected doctors seems not to have stressed this important point properly.the reason why this amendment toro the above sections were not done is the india is considered one country.when m.b.b.s is recognised
    by the same indian medical council for presccribing medicines through out the country and no amendment was done to that thus the registration is the cause and effect of that degreee which can not be seen in isolation at all.to my opinion the karnataka high court seems to have erred as it has not taken any registration specific to that state where registered..Any amendment to the act is prospective and not retrospective .so those people registered much earlier can take this strong plea in the courts.once again i would say THAT THERE IS NO AMENDMENT TO SECTION 27 AND 28 OF INDIAN MEDICAL ACT 1956 .THIS IS MY OPINION AND SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION.TO HELP MY fraternity.any body may contact on ph 9985046410 for discussion dr m.s.rao.

  3. Doing private practice in two different states simultaneously . Do we need to register in both states ?

  4. is it correct that renewal is not required aftr certain age

  5. Dr. Prem Aggarwal is a dynamic man who sud get Central MCI to work upon the fact that MCI is Central body governing all d registered Medical Practitioners all over India. Why waste time, money, resources and energy upon useless pursuits of repeated registrations in different States. It is a needless exercise. It is time that Indians start thinking in terms of national outlook and then alone it will start doning upon us values of such things.