Tamil Nadu appeals in SC against cancellation of PG medical counselling
By Express News Service | Published: 20th June 2017 04:13 AM |
CHENNAI: The medical admission conundrum that is playing out in Tamil Nadu reached the Supreme Court after the State government filed an appeal against the last month order of the Madras High Court, cancelling the postgraduate medical counselling conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education for the academic year 2017-08.
The High Court on Friday ordered the State government to re-do the merit list within three days and conduct re-counselling for postgraduate medical courses. “We have appealed before the Supreme Court and will wait for the verdict,” a Health department official told Express.
The Tamil Nadu Medical Officers Association (TNMOA) has also filed an appeal against the order, arguing that cancelling the 50 per cent reservation for service doctors would affect public health care system in Tamil Nadu. “This, in turn, will affect hundreds of poor people who depend on public health care. Now, the doctors who get seat under reservation will have to work in government hospitals till their retirement. The government is managing with this manpower to provide quality health care,” said a TNMOA member.
Meanwhile, the State government’s failure to re-do the rank list as directed by the High Court led to protests by a section of non-service doctors in front of the DME office. They also demanded that the government release a fresh merit list as per the Madras High Court order.
“Since they are yet to obey the Madras High Court order, we are planning to file contempt case,” said Dr N Karthikeyan, one of the petitioners.