Need to improve quality of healthcare

Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, honorary secretary general, IMA, New Delhi, speaking at a seminar in Tiruchi on Sunday.— Photo: M. Srinath

Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, honorary secretary general, IMA, New Delhi, speaking at a seminar in Tiruchi on Sunday.— Photo: M. Srinath  

A total of 135 faculty members working in various medical colleges across the country have been punished for various offences that include being present in multiple colleges under different names when MCI teams carried out inspection to accord recognition, according to Vinay Aggarwal, member, Medical Council of India.

Speaking at a seminar on patient safety and medical ethics organised by the Tamil Nadu Medical Council and Indian Medical Association, TNSB here on Sunday, he said the MCI teams had come across a few instances of colleges showing fabricated show of strength of faculty members to claim that it was meeting out the requirement of MCI.

Even patients were brought in trucks to hoodwink the team. The MCI had been following established operating procedure in granting recognitions. It had punished 135 faculty members on various charges.

Mr. Aggarwal said that the MCI had given permission to 42 medical colleges this year. Of them, 29 were government colleges and others were private colleges.

Touching upon the need for holistic medical profession, he said the time had come for them to improve the quality of healthcare and safety of patients. Right from the registration of patients and discharge of patients, everything should be communicated and documented properly.

The doctors and hospitals should work for transparency so as to delivery quality services to the patients. The charges must be displayed to the patients. Each and every doctor should comply with the ethical code

He said that there was an attitude among the medical professionals on finding fault with others on treatments.

It had to be avoided. If they had grouse, they should approach the bodies concerned for remedy.

K.K. Aggarwal, honorary secretary general, Indian Medical Association, said the medical practitioners should know the concept of ethical treatment.

Moreover, they should have clear understanding on the prevailing laws on medical practices, hospitals and clinics.

K. Senthil, president, TN Medical Council, J.A. Jayalal, vice president, TNMC, S. Damodaran, State president, Indian Medical Association, M. Muthurajan, State secretary, IMA and M.S. Ashraf, TNMC spoke.

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