10 July, 2016

The Prime Minister's Office, taking cognisance of the complaint filed by the Indian Medical Association regarding the appointment of an Ayurveda practitioner as the registrar of the Maharashtra Medical Council, has written to the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, asking for 'appropriate action' to be taken. 

"I am desired to forward herewith a letter/gist of oral representation dated 23/06/2016 received in this office from Dr Parthiv Sanghvi for action as appropriate. Reply may be sent to the petitioner and a copy of the same may be uploaded on the portal," said Alok Suman, Section officer of Prime Minister's Office, in the letter, a copy of which was sent to Dr Parthiv Sanghvi of the Indian Medical Association. 

Mirror reported on June 23 how doctors across the state had been riled up after Dilip Wange, an associate professor with RA Podar Ayurveda College and registrar of the state's Ayurveda Council, took charge as the registrar of the Maharashtra Medical Council, the state's most important quasi-judicial body of doctors that serves as an ethical watchdog, grants registrations and looks into cases of medical negligence. 

Leading doctors felt that his appointment was not only a conflict of interest, but also a ploy by the BJP-led government to install its 'stooges' in the medical body, along the lines of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). 

Mirror also reported on June 25 that the Indian Medical Association wrote to the Prime Minister's Office, urging him to act on the appointment of Dilip Wange. 

The letter to the Prime Minister stated, "Maharashtra Medical Council and the Medical Council of India are both opposing crosspathy (ayurveda and homoeopathy practitioners prescribing allopathy medicines). There are various cases pending in the court. At this juncture, we are surprised that charge of Maharashtra Medical Council has been given to a registrar from Maharashtra Council of Indian Medicine (MCIM), a council for ayurveda, siddha and unani practitioners." 

The letter further stated that the-Maharashtra Medical Council's fiveyear term ended on May 21, 2016 and that the state government was yet to notify when elections will be held at the council.