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TN Medical Council Notice to 48 Doctors for holding Unrecognised PG degrees

TN Medical Council Notice to 48 Doctors for holding Unrecognised PG degrees

 “They have all completed their course between 2004 -2011. We shouldn’t have registered them but we were misled.”– a senior official clarified.

Chennai: Asking as to why their medical licences should not be revoked, the Tamil Nadu Medical Council (TNMC) has decided to issue show-cause notices to 48 doctors on grounds of “misleading the council”.

These doctors were found holding unrecognized postgraduate degrees in emergency medicine, yet were registered with the State medical council, a fact that left both the Medical Council of India (MCI) and TNMC shocked. The matter was only revealed after Emergency Medicine Association, an organization of specialists in the discipline, filed the complaint in this regard on the basis of RTI information provided to it by the state council.

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After receiving the complaint, the TNMC decided to probe the matter.

The degrees that these doctors hold are from Vinayaka Mission Medical College and Sree Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, which actually got letters of permission (LoPs) for a Postgraduate Course in Emergency Medicine, with two seats each in 2013 and 2012, respectively. As a logical result, a recognised post graduate in this discipline before 2015 and 2016 is an impossibility, while it was observed that 48 of these “post-graduates” were registered from a period prior to 2015.

Speaking to TOI, a senior official clarified, “They have all completed their course between 2004 -2011. We shouldn’t have registered them but we were misled.” At least 20 of them passed out in 2009, the year when emergency medicine was first recognised as a postgraduate speciality in India, he added.
The medical council officials told the daily that 40 doctors from Sri Ramachandra University registered themselves between October and December last year.


However, worried that an official attached to the council might be involved in the matter, the TNMC President, Dr K Senthil confirmed an internal inquiry while talking to Times of India. “The state council will also initiate an internal inquiry to find out if there was any official nexus involved,” he said

“The council was being administered by a retired judge as there were no elected members. We will find out if anyone within the council helped them,” he added.

Although it has not been proved yet that the doctors are guilty in the matter but as per the information if the disciplinary committee finds the doctors guilty, the council may cancel their PG registration or even ban them from practice and council staff if/when found involved may likely be suspended or dismissed.


Source: with inputs
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    Dr Rama Manohara Reddy September 21, 2018, 9:39 pm

    Sir, this is not a wrong thing when the Government Medical colleges are awarding unrecognized degrees to the postgraduates and are working in many government hospitals as specialist. When government and mci is motivating this why not by the doctors and private institutes. Why there is no action on MCI or on government or universities who offer the unrecognized seats.Hence I feel that there should not be be any descrimination between the government and private medical colleges.The University should not offer such unrecognized courses during counseling of the selection.

  2. it is all MCI fault , not Doctors fault why does MCI allow permitted seats, if medical college is lacking facilities dont give any kind of seat. give a direct recognised seat in college having good facilities, dont keep permitted seat concept ..

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    Dr. Dharmendra kumar May 10, 2018, 8:18 am

    A Doctor cannot mislead MCI rather approval of seat for a course [PG/UG] is at fault. MCI have to issue final approval before admission of candidate for those seats. Universities are still running and awarding degrees in many MD/MS/Diploma courses, which are not recognized by MCI. These type of problem are still existing with Govt. as well as private Medical colleges.

  4. Did the people who join the course know at the time of joining that the degrees were not recognised or were they also fooled by the institution?In that case it is the institution that has to be penalised, not the doctors.

    Did the institution not know these were not recognized when they admitted the students? How is that possible?

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    SRINIVAS PONNAPALLI May 8, 2018, 8:42 pm

    Nowadays it is becoming common practice to display false& unapproved medical specialities