Nearly 500 medical doctors in Punjab have failed to get their registration renewed in spite of applying for it, all because the state medical council was lethargic.
A few years ago, amendments in the Punjab Medical Council Act had made it mandatory for all doctors to re-register every five years.
Sources in Punjab Medical Council confirmed on Sunday the numbers for which the body had failed to clear the files before the due date.
The applications remained with the council registrar. As required, doctors had tagged their original certificates of
registration with the files for endorsement; and the registrar failed to sign it for months. The state director of medical research and education doubles as council registrar.
Sources in his of fice said he didn’t have time to clear the files, so it is the doctors who would suffer.
Chandigarh-based Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) on Sunday criticised the functioning of Punjab Medical Council. “The council charges us a hefty fee for re-registration but works inefficiently,” said MLAG convener Dr Neeraj Nagpal.
He said the council was a statutory body but is behaved as any other public department because of the government interference. The doctors also demanded a separate medical council for Chandigarh.