Medical Council to take action against doctors
To check the alarming growth in foeticide cases in the state, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has decided to take suo-motu action in glaring cases instead of waiting for courts to pass a judgment.Updated: Jun 09, 2012, 01:23 IST
To check the alarming growth in foeticide cases in the state, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has decided to take suo-motu action in glaring cases instead of waiting for courts to pass a judgment. “In cases like that of Beed’s Dr Sudam Munde, where it is clear that a doctor has indulged in this illegal act, we will immediately suspend their membership. After that, they can go to court, and, if proved guilty, there will be a five-year suspension. In case they repeat the mistake, their registration can be permanently withdrawn,” said Shivkumar Utture, executive member, MMC.
Utture clarified that a decision on Munde is expected to be taken in the next meeting.
According to Suresh Shetty, Maharashtra’s health minister, there have been 342 court cases till date against doctors who were found linked to cases related to sex determination and female foeticide. Of these, 42 doctors have been convicted, 52 acquitted, and 248 cases are pending in different courts.
Of the 41 cases which have been referred to the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) for suspension of doctors from its list, the MMC has been able to suspend only five doctors, of whom one is absconding and two have got a stay from the court, he said.
Also, in the last two days, 115 sonography centres have been raided and 22 sealed, while 403 unauthorised Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) centres have been raided and six have been closed down, he said.
Shetty, who met members of MMC, Indian Medical Association (IMA) and representatives of radiology, homeopathy and ayurvedic associations, said: “Some of the decisions we took are providing legal help for speeding up cases and pushing for appeal and a monthly meeting for follow ups.”