“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.
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.
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.