Nurses are not 'Medical Practitioners', State medical counci
The Karnataka High Court on June 18, 2019, in one of the case has held that the nurses cannot be categorized as medical practitioners practicing medicine and the State Medical Council has no jurisdiction to take action against them.

The order was passed by Justice B. Veerappa on a writ petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India praying to issue writ of certiorari to quash the order dated 2.8.2012 passed by Karnataka Medical Council, Bengaluru.

In this case, the Karnataka Medical Council while hearing a complaint filed by a woman whose child died in the Hospital, concluded that the two nurses of the hospital were negligent. The Medical Council directed the Medical Superintendent of the Kasturba Hospital to take action against them. Aggrieved by the said order the nurses moved the Karnataka High Court.

Before the High Court, it was contended that the nurses are not medical practitioners as contemplated under the provisions of the Karnataka Medical Registration Act, 1961.

Referring to provisions of Karnataka Medical Registration Act, 1961 and Indian Medical Council’s Act, 1956, the court said: “In view of the aforesaid provisions, the nurses cannot be categorized as medical practitioners practicing medicine and the Karnataka Medical Council has no jurisdiction to take action against the nurses. If that is so, the impugned direction issued by the 2nd respondent directing 1st petitioner to take action is totally without jurisdiction.”

Source: https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/nurses-are-not-medical-practitioners-145982
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