RTI – Are the State Medical Councils effective?
Reply to an application filed through the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown that in the last 15 years, 53 complaints were registered against the doctors and two hospitals of Indore at the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council (MPMC) for alleged negligence in treatment or operation and misconduct, but little action seems to have been taken in any of the case. It has come to light that:
- Complaints were lodged against MY Hospital and Bhandari Hospital.
- The action taken by the MPMC include issue of warning to the doctor or suggestion to be careful apart from letters to Medical Council of India (MCI).
- The records show that a complaint registered for alleged negligence in an operation in 1997 is yet to be concluded.
- Against one of the doctors of Indore, Dr. Gyan Chand, a complaint was filed in 2001 for practicing without proper degree. He does not possess any approved degree from India and the matter is still under study.
- Another complaint filed against Dr. Sunil Sharma in 2011 for practicing without proper registration is pending.
It has come to light that the Madhya Pradesh State Medical Council has been functioning without a council corum for the last 16 years. Awareness level amongst the patients is low in India. Coupled with the apathy of the officials concerned, the cases of medical negligence are yet to get the due consideration. If RTI applications are filed in other state medical council, the situation in most of the state councils would provide a similar picture.