Doctors cannot display qualifications not recognized by MCI:
Medical practitioners can display as suffix to their names only the medical qualifications recognized by the medical council. In other words, even if they have a degree from a recognized university but not approved by the council, then they can't use it as suffix, the Kerala high court has said upholding an order of the Travancore Cochin Medical Council (TCMC).

The question that the court considered was whether a degree in master in health science (MHSc) (diabetology) offered by the Annamalai University that is not recognized by the MCI can be exhibited by the petitioner doctors. TCMC had issued notice to five doctors asking them to execute an undertaking to remove additional qualifications displayed on boards, letters and prescription pads in respect of MHSc.

Two of the doctors approached the HC contending that they were MBBS doctors and had passed the degree MHSc offered by the Annamalai University and that the university was established by law and has a medical faculty as defined in the Indian Medical Council Act (IMCA).

MCI Code of Ethics Regulations 2002 clearly states: “Physicians shall display as suffix to their names only recognized medical degrees or such certificates/diplomas and memberships/honours which confer professional knowledge or recognizes any exemplary qualification/ achievements. ”

The bench dismissed the petition and stated, “The petitioners who were lawbreakers, can’t make any claim based on a post-graduate degree secured by them Since the postgraduate degree in question is not recognized, petitioners are not entitled to display the same as suffix.” HC said, dismissing the petition.

The TCMC had submitted in HC that the medical practitioners registered with it are entitled to exhibit only such qualifications entered in the register maintained by the council. The council further said that only the postgraduate qualifications in modern medicine enlisted in the schedule of the IMCA are considered as recognized for registration and since the qualification in question was not recognized by the MCI, the qualification can’t be registered as an additional qualification in the register maintained by TCMC.

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