Vijayawada: Hazy rules leave doctors without jobs

There is no clarity on registration of additional qualification in Telangana unlike in AP.

Vijayawada: Doctors from Telangana state are unable to apply for jobs as the Telangana State Medical Council has not given clarity on registration of additional qualifications (PG) for those who have passed the exams in May 2018.

Doctors doing their senior residency after having passed the examination last year are also facing similar problems. The main issue is the release of original certificates which were collected by the colleges at the time the doctors joined the post-graduation course. Even after completing their course, the doctors do not have these certificates, which are required to apply for jobs, in their hand.

In comparison, the AP Medical Council has been doing registrations for additional qualifications without any hassles since April 6. Adding to the confusion, the Telangana Directorate of Medical Education (DME) issued a fresh circular on Monday, informing principals of all government medical colleges and superintendants that the condition of compulsory government service had been had been revoked from June 30.

The circular did not mention the release of the doctors’ certificates. “If any individual intends to complete compulsory government service, they may be permitted to do so. No stipend will be paid for the rest of the period after June 30,” DME-TS Dr K. Ramesh Reddy said. An undertaking to this effect has to be collected from these doctors.

Citing this, a senior resident doctor of TS asked why the DME did not mention the release of the certificates. “Even after we have completed our course, we are left without any certificate. These certificates are required to apply for jobs. In fact, I lost a chance to apply for a Central government posting, as I don’t have the certificates,” a senior resident told this newspaper.

He said that MCI guidelines specifically mention the release of certificates. “I scored 76.8 per cent and my counterpart from Andhra Pradesh secured 68 per cent. He got the Central government posting as I was not able to produce the certificates,” he explained.

The Telangana Gazette published on March 30 this year mentioned the changes contained in the Telangana Medical Practitioner’s Registration (Amendment) Act, 2018. It said that seven clauses of the earlier Act had been omitted from the principal Act of 1968.

The gazette was released on March 30, to omit mandatory senior residence but there’s no clarity on proceeding further, which is leading to confusion among the
senior residents of the state.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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