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MMC awaits next date of hearing at Bombay HC on crosspathy petition filed around 8 months ago

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Fate of the verdict on the pending PIL related to crosspathy practised in the state is yet to see the light of the day as MMC is waiting for the hearing date from the Bombay High Court (HC). This is following a series of upheavals to restore Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) back through a democratic process after a 7- month ordeal.

The quasi-judicial body had decided to take up cases related to crosspathy post MMC elections. Besides the rumblings in MMC over certain administrative lapses, MMC which completed its 5-year term on May 21, 2016 had to also wait for notification for elections from the state government for 7 months and was run on an ad hoc basis by an ayurvedic doctor not in accordance with the MMC Act.

Elections to the MMC were held on December 18 across 36 districts of the state at various medical colleges.

MMC and the Medical Council of India (MCI) had petitioned around eight months ago to the Bombay HC  opposing crosspathy practised in the state wherein Ayurveda and Homoeopathy practitioners are allowed to prescribe allopathy medicines  not in accordance with the MMC Act.

MMC until the elections were over was looking at a revival and the petition on crosspathy was considered long back with the decision on the same to be taken by the newly formed council based on the court proceedings post-elections. The petition on crosspathy was submitted along with the petition on notifying elections last year.

Nine members are elected to the council which essentially comprises 18 members, and out of which five are appointed by the government. It also has a member of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).

The MMC is the state branch of the Medical Council of India (MCI) that regulates ethical practices of allopathic doctors. Any doctor who wishes to start practice has to first register with the MMC for a licence. The MMC can cancel or suspend the licence if the doctor is found indulging in any unethical practice. By taking care of medical cases, it also ensures less burden on courts.

All nine members elected in the recent polls to the MMC are from the IMA. The counting of votes was completed on December 24, 2016. The IMA, which has over 40,000 doctors from across Maharashtra as members, defeated other doctor panels that had emerged this year for the first time to contest for MMC election. In 2010, when the previous elections were held, the IMA was the only panel to nominate members.


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