The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) is planning to bring a legislation in order to make the process of renewing registrations mandatory for doctors.
The council, which issues the registrations, also keeps a check on whether doctors are adhering to professional ethics.
Confirming the move, Dr Nirmal Maji, the newly elected chairman of the WBMC, told HT, “A large number of doctors do not regularly renew their registrations issued by the council. So, we are planning to ask the state government to pass a law and make the process mandatory.”
“The council will also strengthen several other rules to streamline the professional ethics of doctors in our state,” Maji added.
There are about 63,000 registered doctors in Bengal. But 50% of them do not renew their registrations updating details such as their residential address and places of work to the council. This makes them traceless.
“On the eve of the recently held elections to the medical council, we took several measures, including asking doctors to update such details. Only 50%doctors, however, responded in this regard. We cannot take any action against the doctors who did not update these details because there is no law,” said a senior member of the council.
“Registered doctors are supposed to renew their registration once in every five years. At present, the medical council is in the dark about the residential details of 30,000 doctors.
A large number of these doctors are now settled outside Bengal and even abroad. This process will be streamlined if a law is passed,” the member said requesting anonymity. The council also plans to introduce several measures to force all registered doctors to attend continuing medical education (CME) seminars or programmes at least for 200 hours with in the maximum period of five years.
This move should be taken into account as one of the prime considerations before renewing the registrations of doctors.
Many doctors posted in rural Bengal do not attend such CME seminars which help enrich and update their medical education and keep them informed about the developments in global medical treatment. Therefore, the move should be mandatory, the member said.
Several states such as Maharashtra have already implemented this move, said Pradip Neemani, a general surgeon associated with a premier private hospital in the city.