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MCI declares IGNOU’s medical courses as illegal | A new low in medical profession: Doctor tells junior to kill TB patient

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued a circular declaring the postgraduate diploma courses in HIV Medicine, Health Management, Maternal & Child Health and Geriatric Medicine offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi as illegal.

MCI declares medical PG diploma courses offered by IGNOU as illegal

New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued a circular declaring postgraduate course offered by Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai and AMRI Hospital in Bhubaneswar in emergency medicine “illegal” and advised all concerned “not to enrol themselves in such courses” which were not accorded permission by the central government. The circular stated that the postgraduate diploma courses in HIV Medicine, Health Management, Maternal & Child Health and Geriatric Medicine offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi were also illegal.

A new low in medical profession: Doctor tells junior to kill TB patient

Agra: Dr Swetank Prakash, head of the surgery department at S N Medical College, Agra has reportedly been caught on tape telling his junior colleague (Abhishek), who refused to admit a TB patient dying of a bleeding stomach ulcer, that he could “kill the man, make it so difficult that he leaves on his own, but just admit him”. The patient, 18-year-old Mukesh Prajapati, died shortly afterwards.

Police file chargesheet in Hiranandani Hospital kidney racket case

Mumbai: Powai police filed a chargesheet on Monday in the kidney racket that was busted at Hiranandani Hospital on July 14. The chargesheet was submitted before the 66th Andheri metropolitan magistrate court and Judge Ashwini Lokhande has scheduled the first hearing for October 21.

New bill proposes jail term for discriminating against HIV patients

New Delhi: The union cabinet has approved amendments to the HIV and AIDS Bill, 2014 that provides legal accountability and a formal mechanism to probe complaints of discrimination against patients and also makes anti-retroviral treatment a legal right of patients. The cabinet also approved a provision outlawing HIV testing as a requirement for obtaining employment or accessing healthcare.

Bihar government increases purchasing power of medical colleges

Patna: The state health department has enhanced the purchasing power of medical college principals and superintendents from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh at a time. However, there is no upper limit on the number of purchases made in a year, according to Anil Kumar, deputy secretary of the health department.

Cohort study centre inaugurated at AIIMS

New Delhi: A centre for the first of its kind cohort study being undertaken to determine genetic, lifestyle and socio-economic elements that are protective or risk factors for the occurrence of heart ailments or dementia in old people, has been inaugurated at AIIMS, New Delhi.

Case against hospital filed after minister finds no doctor on night duty

Jalandhar (Punjab): A case of fraud and negligence has been registered against the management of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, after Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and state BJP Chief Vijay Sampla visited the hospital to see his cousin undergoing treatment there and found no doctor on night duty.

Medical colleges directed to upload detailed information on their websites

Hyderabad: The Supreme Court appointed oversight committee on Medical Council of India (SCOCMCI) has directed medical colleges to upload information regarding faculty attendance; students’ feedback; monthly teaching schedule; and monthly data of patients with number of admissions, discharges, surgeries, procedures and investigations in each department on their websites.

India’s medical tourism market expected to reach $8 billion by 2020

Dubai: India, considered the second largest country with the most number of accredited healthcare facilities after Thailand, has emerged as a preferred healthcare and wellness destination for patients across the globe. According to recent medical industry reports, India’s medical tourism market is expected to grow to $8 billion in the next four years. Globally, the medical value travel is projected to increase to $32.5 billion over the next five years.

MBBS mentioned as minimum qualification for appointment as lecturer in Kerala medical college

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Public Service Commission has invited applications for the faculty posts in the pathology department in the state medical colleges with MBBS as basic qualifications, against the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms that state that a post-graduation degree is the basic qualification to become a lecturer and assistant professor.

Doctor arrested for raping patient

Gurgaon: Dr Arvind Jindal, an orthopaedic surgeon at Gurgaon civil hospital, has been arrested for allegedly taking a patient to his friend in Dwarka on the pretext that he would help her in getting a job in an NGO and later to his flat in Gurgaon and raping her there.

High medical tuition fee bad news for corrupt

There are many who are not happy with the decision of private medical colleges to replace capitation fees with higher tuition and other fees. Unlike the capitation fees, which are collected in cash, the tuition and other fees are to be paid by either a cheque or a demand draft, a problem for people such as politicians, bureaucrats, realtors or doctors looking to pay crores in black money on their children’s medical education.

Oasis Centre for Reproductive Medicine plans to open 20 more IVF clinics

Hyderabad: Oasis Centre for Reproductive Medicine, a Hyderabad-based in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) chain that operates three IVF centres in Hyderabad and one in Vijayawada, on Monday said that it has raised $6.2 million (Rs 40 crore) from India Life Sciences Fund II. Founded in 2009 by infertility specialist Dr Durga G Rao and entrepreneur Kiran Gadela, Oasis plans to use the funding to open 20 more clinics in Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities during the next five years.

AIIMS conducts 11th heart transplant this year, total 48

New Delhi: Doctors at AIIMS have transplanted a heart, harvested from a young traffic accident victim in Indore, into a 45-year-old cardiac patient from south Delhi, taking to 48 the number of such surgeries performed at the institute since the first heart transplant on August 3, 1994. This is the 11th heart transplant undertaken at the AIIMS in 2016, the highest number in the last few years.

India needs research ecosystem that can take discoveries forward

Chennai: India needs a research ecosystem that can take discoveries forward all the way through and sustain them till they have an impact, according to Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). At present, discoveries and breakthroughs are not moving forward to the next stage. To change this, the ICMR is working with the biotechnology department and NITI Aayog to link discoveries with industry partners to take them forward and ensure discoveries benefit healthcare, she said.

Quacks practising allopathy to face criminal proceedings: High Court

Chennai: Quacks practising allopathic medicine without due qualification cannot be allowed to escape prosecution even if they return the money they had collected from patients by promising magical cures, said Madras High Court.

Narayana Health, Cisco team up to roll out telemedicine services

Mumbai: Narayana Health and Cisco have signed a memorandum of understanding to roll out a medical grade network that will enable the hospital to offer diagnostic services in oncology, neurology, cardiology and nephrology to patients remotely across India. Cisco’s solution brings voice, two-way video and data to wherever patients are located, and even enables ECG, other vitals and radiology, and analytics of medical reports.

Medical officer, agent arrested for conducting sex determination tests

Jodhpur: Dr Mohammad Imtiyaz, Balesar block chief medical officer (CMO), and his agent Bheru Singh, who works as a lab technician at AIIMS, Jodhpur, have been arrested by the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) cell, Jaipur for allegedly conducting illegal sex determination tests.

MAMC doctors protest transfers, to approach L-G Najeeb Jung

New Delhi: Senior faculty members in Delhi government’s Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) are up in arms against the recent transfer of eight of its doctors to central government-run hospitals in Delhi. The doctors on Monday decided to approach Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung requesting him to look into the matter.

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