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Orthopaedic surgeon’s licence suspended for performing neurosurgical procedure | Dr Vikram Patel wins award

Andhra Pradesh Medical Council has stripped Dr A Suryanarayana, an orthopaedic surgeon, of his licence to practise medicine for one year for performing a surgical procedure which should have been done by a neurosurgeon.

Dr Vikram Patel wins award for his work in advancing mental healthcare

Panaji: Dr Vikram Patel, an eminent psychiatrist and co-founder of Goa based mental health research institute Sangath, has been awarded the 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health by the New York based Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation for his transformative work in advancing mental healthcare in resource-poor counties. The prize’s honorarium of $300,000 will be presented to Dr Patel on Friday, October 28, in New York City.

Orthopaedic surgeon’s licence suspended for performing neurosurgical procedure

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Medical Council has stripped Dr A Suryanarayana, an orthopaedic surgeon, of his licence to practise medicine for one year with effect from June 25, 2016, for performing a surgical procedure, which should have been done by a neurosurgeon, leading to all limbs paralysis of a patient, Mukkapati Srinivasa Rao, who had walked into Manipal Hospital for getting treatment for severe neck pain. The surgery was conducted in March 2014 and ever since the patient has been “bedridden”. The hospital, which rented its operation theatre for the surgery, was asked to pay a penalty of Rs 3,30,000.

Govt seeks cancellation of licence of doctors found absent from duty in rural areas

Mumbai: Taking strict view of doctors who have been absent from their rural postings across the state, the public health department has decided to report them to the Medical Council of India (MCI), seeking cancellation of their registration to practise. Ayurveda doctors are being appointed as medical officers in areas where MBBS doctors don’t want to work in public health centres.

BAMS, BHMS, BSMS students allowed to do internship in government hospitals

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court has declined to interfere with a single judge’s order vacating the stay on the state government order granting permission to BAMS, BHMS and BSMS students to do a six-month internship in gynaecology in government hospitals. The Bench passed the order while dismissing an appeal filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), state branch, against the single judge’s order.

CHC, PHC doctors to do post-mortems

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh): With 40% seats for doctors remaining vacant in the medical and health services across state, the director general of health, Sunil Srivastava, has asked all chief medical officers (CMOs) in UP to deploy physicians from the community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs) to attend to emergency cases and post-mortem duties.

DMER proposes to exempt MPs, MLAs from rural medical service

Mumbai: The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has approached the state government to allow elected representatives like MPs, MLAs and MLCs to skip bond services after completing their graduation and post-graduation exams. The decision has raised a furore among the medical fraternity that alleged discrimination between meritorious students and politically-backed candidates.

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