Ask for a ‘good-standing certificate’ before giving overseas docs a work licence: IMA to MCI
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to the MCI after the recent Delhi High Court ruling in which the court took suo-moto note of news reports that an Indian-origin doctor barred from practising by a US court was treating patients in India.health Updated: May 12, 2017 16:40 IST
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has proposed that overseas doctors, including NRIs, who want to practice medicine in India must submit a “Good Standing Certificate” to the Medical Council of India (MCI) before getting the licence to work in the country.
IMA wrote to the MCI after the recent Delhi High Court ruling in which the court took suo-moto note of news reports that an Indian-origin doctor barred from practising by a US court was treating patients in India.
The court directed to verify the name and address of this doctor, carry out an immediate probe and file a report.
Notice was also issued to the MCI to file a report on the mechanism, statutory regime as well as rules and regulations in place to scrutinise and check such practices in the country.
All l graduate and postgraduate doctors who intend to register to practice modern medicine in other countries are required to furnish a Good Standing Certificate issued by the medical council.
This is to ensure that the concerned registered medical practitioner has a good track record and there is no reported case of professional misconduct against them, especially with reference to ethical breech.
“...it is necessary that a similar condition needs to be imposed for Indian doctors who are practicing in other countries after getting registered in that country and intend to come back to India. Imposition of similar conditions would be required for Indian students getting their MBBS or equivalent course outside India and coming back for registration in India; foreigners to India and asking for temporary license to practice and also for Indian doctors seeking multiple registrations in different states,” reads the IMA letter to MCI.
Dr KK Agarwal, president IMA, says, “It is just a way to ensure quality of doctors is maintained. If we are asked for a certificate when we go to practice abroad then why can’t we ask for it from those who want to practice in India. We had spoken to MCI officials about this and they asked us to write to them. ”
The MCI is preparing a report. “Since there is a court directive, we will follow it,” said an official, requesting anonymity.