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The J&K Medical Council defunct since five months

Last Updated on October 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm

The Jammu and Kashmir Medical Council is lying defunct for months since its chairman Dr Saleem- ur -Rehman completed his three-year tenure in April.

Due to this doctors and medical professionals are facing difficulties in getting mandatory certification whereas people have no avenue to get their grievances redressed.

Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar said that the government is already working for it and council will be soon functional.

In April, J&K government had stated that a new body will be framed in a month’s time. An official said that it’s been five months since the last chairman of the council completed his term but the government is delaying the appointment of the chairman for the reasons not known. Due to the delay in the constitution of the new body of the council, some medical professionals working in local private hospitals or in other countries are at the verge of leaving their jobs as they are not able to get their registrations done, reportedly.

A medical professional working in Qatar said that he obtained one no objection certificate (NoC) from the Council but he could not produce it to the concerned office due to Covid-19 pandemic. He further added that the certificate is not valid now and he needs a fresh NoC from the Council.

A doctor said that he had taken premature retirement from J&K government and now he is not able to get the NoC which has created difficulties for him.

Many more pass-outs from medical institutes are without registration and verification making them ill-equipped to get a job or admission to an institute for higher qualification.

It is pertinent to mention that the Council has a mandate to register medical professionals, issue certificates of registration, vet the qualifications and degrees, promote and certify continuous medical education, verify credentials claimed by professionals and issue certificates of Good Standing.