• Doctors to get identification numbers-Tamilnadu:MCI

    Chennai: Medical Practitioners across the country are soon going to have unique identification numbers. A confirmation to this effect was made by the MCI president, while speaking with the daily Hindu

    The Medical Council of India (MCI) is planning to give unique identification numbers to all doctors in India, according to Jayshree Mehta, president of MCI.

    “This is the only way to know how many doctors we have in the country. We can easily track doctors if they move from one State to another,” she said, at the 22nd National Conference of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology — BRONCOCON 2017 — organised at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore on Friday.

    When the MCI was started, there were 22 medical colleges. There were 460 medical colleges now, she said, adding that 500 doctors passed out a year when the MCI was established, while 63,985 doctors were produced every year now. “This will be beneficial to all as we will have records of all doctors and their practice. We can identify a doctor by the unique identification number,” she added.

    Dr. Mehta said the MCI had come up with the Digital Mission Mode Project under which they would monitor faculty members of every medical college.

    “This will be implemented in 100 colleges by April. Colleges that fail to implement the project or do not take care to continue the implementation will face punishment,” she later told reporters.

    Expressing concern over how the practice of medicine had changed, she said, “In the last two years, we have received 481 complaints and 235 appeals on medical negligence and professional misconduct. Of this, nearly 130 complaints pertain to faculty of various medical colleges submitting fake documents.”

    She said that the MCI has undertaken an enormous exercise to convert undergraduate and post graduate curriculum into competency-based curriculum.

    Backs NEET

    To a question on Tamil Nadu government seeking an exemption from NEET, she said, “I think that NEET will bring in uniformity in medical colleges in the country. This is an advantage for students,” she added.

    Sunil Chandy, CMC director, Anna Pulimood, CMC principal, Tridib Chatterjee, president of Indian Association for Bronchology and D.J. Christopher, organising president of the conference, spoke.

     

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