MUMBAI: As many as 700 medico legal cases are pending with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) as the State government is yet to appoint five of its representatives to complete the quorum. The MMC has 18 members of which nine were selected through an election in December. While another four members are from different medical arms, the remaining five are to be appointed by the State.
One of the main tasks of the MMC, a quasi-judicial body, is to hear cases of medical negligence against doctors besides renewing registrations and issuing fresh ones.
“We have written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the medical education minister twice, but there has been no reply. Till the council is complete, the work cannot start,” said Dr. Jayesh Lele, one of the elected nine members.
Of the other nine members, four are from Maharashtra University of Health Science, Directorate of Health Services, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, and a representative from College of Physicians and Surgeons, Parel.
According to Dr. Lele, the elected members are getting worried as after the 2009 elections, the State took two years to appoint its representatives and it was done only after a court intervention. “We don’t want the same thing to be repeated,” he said, adding that a reminder will be sent to the government this week.
The MMC has been technically defunct since August 2016 after the State appointed an administrator to run it as the council’s tenure had ended in May. Since then, basic work is being carried out as the administrator is holding two other positions — an associate professor with RA Podar Ayurveda College and the registrar of the State’s Ayurveda Council. “There have been hardly two or three hearings. All the major work is in the backlog,” said Dr. Lele.
The cases of medical negligence are dealt in the ethical committee meetings of the council.
The 18 members are generally divided into three teams so that there could be three meetings in a week.