For the first time, a resident of south Haryana may represent the state at the Medical Council of India (MCI).
Dr SP Yadav from Gurgaon is contesting this year’s elections, giving the healthcare hub its first ever representation at the council. The 58-year-old doctor is a renowned urologist in Gurgaon with a lot of experience in teaching and practicing. The founder and managing director of Pushpanjali hospital in Old Gurgaon is also the first doctor from Gurgaon to run for the elections, which began on Tuesday and will end on September 30.
He had approached the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Gurgaon, to file his nomination for the election, which was admitted on the association’s approval. Yadav has already penned down his objectives that will be met on his victory.
“There is a need for clean and reasonable medical practice,” said Dr Yadav, who aims at striving hard to ensure checks and balances in the fraternity. “One of the most important issues is ways to make the MCI a decisive council rather than a puppet. Apart from this, medical education needs a revamp by increasing practical lessons. Ultimately, I want health services to be accessible to all, not only the plush NCR towns but also its periphery,” said Yadav .
The Rewari native is certain of his win as he has been touring the state for the past two weeks now. He has visited Karnal, Bhiwani, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Panipat, Sonepat, Kaithal and Ambala, among others cities.
Only doctors registered under the Haryana Medical Council are eligible to vote. The state has a total of 7,000 voters, out of which 2,000 are from Gurgaon.
“Gurgaon’s medical fraternity is very vibrant. There was a time when doctors here used to silently practice. But today, the city has become a popular venue for various conferences. The fraternity is likely to boom further as it has blended well with the corporate fabric,” said Dr Yadav.
The MCI is responsible for regulating and maintaining high standards of medical education and practices in the country. It registers doctors for practice in India and can also suspend licences for malpractice.