People who have filed complaints of medical negligence against doctors can now look forward to a speedier redressal.
The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), which has 598 complaints against doctors pending for the last 12 years, has decided to set up a separate ethics committee to speed up their disposal. MMC is the governing body for doctors in the state.
“This is the first time that the MMC is forming an ethics sub-committee. We plan to incorporate members from outside MMC as well in the committee. This committee will go through all the complaints on a priority basis to sort them at the earliest,” Dr Shivkumar Utture, a MMC member said on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Indian Medical Association at Andheri.
MMC president, Dr Kishor Taori, proposed setting up the sub committee last month. The proposal has to be ratified in the council on July 9, said Dr Utture.
The council also plans to set up sub committees for finance as well as registration and accreditation of organisations that arrange Continuing Medical Education programmes (CMEs) for doctors to update their clinical knowledge.
The council also plans to decentralise the registration process for doctors and will be proposing setting up three registration centres in Maharashtra. Presently, there is only one centre in Mumbai for doctors in the state to get a registration licence to practice.
“MMC is also exploring the option of having online registration for the convenience of medical students and doctors from remote areas of the state,” said Dr Utture.