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Delhi medical council hits state govt hurdle

The first body for patient grievance redressal, Delhi Medical Council (DMC) is still waiting to be constituted. It’s been exactly two months since the DMC elections but the board formation is still in limbo, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.

delhi Updated: Dec 07, 2009 01:33 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

The first body for patient grievance redressal, Delhi Medical Council (DMC) is still waiting to be constituted. It’s been exactly two months since the DMC elections but the board formation is still in limbo.

Sources say mounting pressure from big corporate hospitals on Delhi government is delaying them from nominating their four candidates.

“Most private players in the healthcare sector are eyeing the four seats which are to be nominated by the government,” said an elected member, unwilling to be named.

“There are several patient complaints filed in the DMC against senior doctors of both private and government hospitals. There is a lot at stake for these hospitals. Especially if the DMC verdict favours the patient, he or she can appeal to the state High Court.”

Meanwhile, the newly elected members are also unhappy with the delay.

“We fail to understand why the delay from the Delhi government even as the existing DMC tenure ended on November 9,” asked Dr Anil Bansal, a newly elected member.

“This kind of delay only hampers the functioning of such an important medical body. This is just not acceptable,” said Dr K.K. Agarwal, a DMC member.

DMC, a statutory body constituted in September 1998 by the Delhi Government of NCT (national capital territory) of Delhi is vested with powers of regulating the practice of medicine in the NCT of Delhi.

DMC with 21 council members is constituted every five years. Eight members are appointed through direct election. Delhi Medical Association members elect one member.

The state government nominates four members and six faculty members are elected by the respected faculty of six medical colleges of Delhi — All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Harding, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Army Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and two ex-officio members from Directorate of Health Services form the board.

According to sources, even the DMC elections this year were mired in controversy.

The first controversy involved the date, which many felt came soon after a long weekend and also because the venue was changed from the prominent location of MAMC to an institute on Pusa Road. Several representations were made to the chief minister Sheila Dikshit and health minister Kiran Walia after which the election observed were changed.

The elections further came into controversy as 100 votes were missing during counting. The enquiry is still pending with the Delhi government.