Medicos in Telangana State protest proposal to mainstream RMPs

The opposition to State government’s proposal to ‘mainstream’ Rural Medical Practitioners (RMPs) and Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) in the Telangana State is gradually gaining ground.

On Monday, members of the Telangana State Junior Doctor Association (TJUDA) conducted a series of protests in Hyderabad and elsewhere in telangana State against the proposal to introduce a certificate course for RMPs and PMPs.

A month ago, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) representing the RMPs and PMPs in the State had met Health Minister, Dr C Laxma Reddy and urged him to introduce a certificate course that would allow them to practice medicine.

On his part, the Health Minister while meeting with JAC representatives assured to look into the issue of introducing a certification course for RMPs and PMPs.

In fact, in 2015, the Telangana government had issued a Government Order (GO Rt No 428) that talked about holding ‘Community Para Medic Training’ (CPMT) training for RMPs and PMPs. To this effect, close to Rs 46 lakh was sanctioned by the State government in 2015 for conducting the CPMT programme in Telangana.

The TJUDA members on Monday urged the State government to cancel the Government Order (GO Rt No 428) and also urged the authorities to introduce certification course pertaining to training and legalising RMPs and PMPs.

The CPMT is a one-year course after which the RMPs must clear an examination conducted by Telangana State Paramedical Board and after clearing the test, they will be awarded Community Para Medic certificate.

“A majority of RMPs are misusing this certificate by putting ‘Dr’ in front if their names. They even claim that this certificate allows them to treat, which is totally false. They are not supposed to prescribe but at present they are even prescribing scheduled drugs, which only a qualified practitioner should do,”  According to TJUDA members.

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