Who will govern them now?
Hyderabad: Confusion galore prevails for the medical profession in the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as around 45000 allopathic doctor working in the 10 districts of Telangana are yet to formally migrate to be under the jurisdiction of the newly formed state medical council.
The bifurcation leading to formation of the two states, mandated the creation of the Telangana State Medical Council (TSMC) and re-registration of 45,000 doctors practising in the government as well as private hospitals across the newly formed State with the New Medical Council.
Yet the process is yet to see some progress. TOI reports, that while the Telangana government constituted an interim medical council (GO No 15) with 10 nominated members in January , 2016 -after adapting the AP Medical Practitioners Registration Act, 1968 -no attempt has been made to ensure that all the 45,000 allopathy doctors working in the 10 Telangana districts formally migrate to TSMC.
Apart from having regulation issues, it is also having an adverse impact for patients fighting the cases of medical negligences in the state.
“Technically, any state medical council, which is the regulatory body for medical professionals, can take action for violation of ethical rules only against its registered members. But unfortunately , there is no proof that 45,000-odd doctors working in Telangana state are registered with TSMC yet,” said Dr K Ramesh Reddy , member, Medical Council of India (MCI). “There has been no attempt made to bring all practising doctors in Telangana districts under the jurisdiction of TSMC by initiating the migration process,” said Reddy to TOI.
To add fuel to the fire, the new formed council only has nominated members and no elected members. So while the council has been made, it has no members to govern , a fact that threatens it own legal sanctity.
It is reported that of 45000 doctors working in Telangana, more than 12,000 are working in the city of Hyderabad alone.