Thiruvananthapuram: The Travancore Cochin Medical Council for Indian System of Medicine has issued a 15- point instruction to the practitioners of modern medicine in Kerala.
Every practitioner should display the registration number given by the state medical council. The investigation reports of scanning, pathology, microbiology and biochemistry should contain the doctor's name, registration number and MCI recognized qualifications. The medical practitioners practising in private clinics/hospitals should display the registration certificates in front of their respective establishments.
Every practitioner should display the registration number accorded to him/her by the state medical council in the clinic and in all prescriptions, certificates, money receipts given to the patients. The doctors should display as suffix to their names only recognized medical degrees or such certificates/diplomas and memberships.
A practitioner should write his/her name and designation in full along with registration particulars in the prescription letterhead. While issuing investigation reports such as scanning, pathology, microbiology, biochemistry etc, the doctor should write his/her name, registration number and MCI recognized qualifications in the respective fields.
Doctors who register in one system of medicine should not prescribe medicines of another system. Every practitioner should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.
All prescriptions should be legible preferably in capital letters. A practitioner who acquired additional qualifications (PG degree/ diploma) should be registered in TCMC. It is also noted that registration will be given only to those with post-graduate qualification which is recognized by MCI.
The medical degree awarded by Russian Federation ie, MD Physician and all other foreign medical graduate degree is equivalent to MBBS in India and hence the registered foreign medical graduates should write their qualification in the letterpad and name board as "equivalent to MBBS in India " in larger and bold letters legibly than "MD Physician."
Any foreign post-graduate degree other than from five English-speaking countries such as US, UK,Canada, Australia and New Zealand are not recognized by the MCI.
Submission of application for provisional/permanent registration does not confer any right to practise in the state. The medical practitioners who practises in private clinics/hospitals should display their registration certificates in front of the respective clinics.
Copies of the relevant degree/registration certificates should be kept in the safe custody of the medical superintendent.
The medical superintendent, principal or the medical officer in charge of all the hospitals should ensure that the above directions are strictly followed by the practitioners in their hospital....