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Is it illegal for doctors registered in a State Medical Register to practise medicine in another state?
New Delhi: Union Health Minister J P Nadda recently stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, prohibits a person other than a medical practitioner enrolled on a State Medical Register to practice medicine in the State.
The Indian Medical Council Act 1956 does not define the objects and functions of Medical Council of India or State Medical Councils. Its role to register a qualified doctor, or to recognize courses offered by medical colleges is defined. In case of complaint and inquiry the powers to suspend or cancel the registration of a doctor are implicit. There is, however, no role, as per the Act, of the MCI or State Medical Councils in looking after the welfare of those who are registered under it.
“Based on corruption charges the then President of MCI was arrested and MCI was subsequently dissolved. In any government or organisation, if the President is found guilty, let him be punished but the whole government does not go. Then why for MCI alone?”