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1 Year Compulsory Rural Medical Service Not Yet Notified: Minister

The proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, which makes one year rural posting at a Public Health Centre (PHC) mandatorily for a MBBS student to apply for admission in a PG course, is not yet notified, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

To encourage the doctors working in remote and difficult areas, the MCI with the previous approval of Central Government, has amended the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 to provide 50% reservation in Post Graduate Diploma Courses for Medical Officers in the Government service, who have served for at least three years in remote and difficult areas.

In addition, an incentive at the rate of 10% the marks obtained for each year in service in remote or difficult areas up to the maximum of 30% of the marks obtained in the entrance test for admissions in Post Graduate Medical Courses will be provided, said the minister.

Ethical Standards on Newspaper Advertisements:

In another reply, the minister said the IMC clause on regulation of conduct of doctors has been notified making it unethical for doctors to solicit patients directly or indirectly, by a physician, by a group of physicians or by institutions or organizations.

The Ethics Committee considered a complaint letter dated 17.05.2013 received from Prof. Sri Ram Khanna, Department Of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, and University of Delhi against advertisement given by doctors of Nova Orthopedics & Spine Hospital, Nehru Enclave., dated 15th May, 2013 in Hindustan Times.

On the directions of MCI, Chairman and Medical Superintendent of Nova Orthopaedic& Spine Hospital, Nehru Enclave appeared before the Ethics Committee. He accepted responsibility for release of the advertisement and expressed the view that it was ethically wrong. He tendered unconditional apology and stated before the Committee that they will be putting an advertisement to the Newspaper for withdrawal of the advertisement. On submission of proof of withdrawal of advertisement published in the newspaper, the apology of the Hospital was accepted by the Ethics Committee. Accordingly, the matter was disposed of by MCI.

The Ethics Committee also considered a Newspaper Clipping published in the Times of India dated 23.08.2013 with regard to Saket City Hospital, New Delhi. The Medical Director of Saket City Hospital, Saket, New Delhi appeared before the Ethics Committee on behalf of Chairman. He apologized for the advertisement given in the newspaper and stated before the Committee that they will be putting an advertisement to the Newspaper for withdrawal of the advertisement. On submission of proof of withdrawal of advertisement published in the newspaper, the apology of the Hospital was accepted by the Ethics Committee. Accordingly, the matter was disposed off by MCI.

Based on these two cases, the Ethics Committee has decided that wherever possible the registration details of the doctors shown in the advertisement be obtained from the Indian Medical Register and the respective State Medical Councils be asked to investigate and take necessary action in pursuance of the Medical ethics within six months under intimation to the Council.

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