Can NRI doctors barred abroad work in India? IMA writes to MCI

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At Delhi High Court, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice VK Rao, took a suo moto note to examine the issue whether Indian-origin doctors, barred from practicing by a foreign country, can practice in India?

Based on news reports that an Indian-origin doctor, who has been barred from practicing by a US court, is now treating patients in Delhi and Gurgaon, the court directed the member secretary of Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Sanjeev Jain, to verify the name and address of this doctor, carry out an immediate probe and file a report within four days; issued notice to the MCI to file a report on the mechanism, statutory regime as well as rules and regulations in place to scrutinize and check such practices and also made Ministry of Health and Family Welfare a party. The next date of hearing was on May 15.

As per the US court, the doctor has been ordered “not practice medicine in any form within the United States or any other country”

IMA Response: IMA is for a defined policy in such cases. IMA wrote to the MCI on 9th in this regard.

The President
Medical Council of India
New Delhi

Sub: imposing the condition of Good Standing Certificate for those who are Registered with registering authorities in other countries

Respected Madam

Greetings from Indian Medical Association!

We deem it fit to bring it to your kind notice that any Graduate or Post Graduate from our country whenever intends to register with registering authorities for practicing modern medicine in the concerned countries, he/she is required to furnish a Good Standing Certificate for their verification issued by the Medical Council of India.

This is solely to ensure that the concerned registered medical practitioner has a good track record and there is nothing against him/her, especially with reference to ethical breach and/or violation. In the same breath and vein, it is necessary that a similar condition needs to be imposed for Indian doctors who are practicing in other countries after getting registered in that country and intend to come back to India.

Imposition of similar conditions would be required for Indian students getting their MBBS or equivalent course outside India and coming back for registration in India; foreigners to India and asking for temporary license to practice and also for Indian doctors seeking multiple registrations in different states.

This would mean that before they are registered or re-registered with the registering authorities in India, they will have to furnish the similar Good Standing Certificate as a condition precedent.

This will serve the similar purpose as the Good Standing Certificate issued by the MCI serves in respect of Indian Doctors seeking registration to the competent registering authority practicing modern medicine in foreign countries.

Hence the suggestion. We are sure that the required decision will be taken, in this regard for the enforcement by all concerned.

With kind regards

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President, IMA
Padma Shri Awardee

Dr RN Tandon
Hony Secy General, IMA