With elections for the West Bengal Pharmacy Council and West Bengal Dental Council remaining due,the administrative works of the council have come to a standstill with a number of registration applications of the new doctors passing out from pharmacy colleges and dental colleges being put on hold.
Even cases of medical negligence are piling up and the cases are not being disposed of as the Penal and Ethical Committee of the Council is virtually defunct.
The election for pharmacy and dental councils has been pending for the last two year and eight months respectively and unless an adhoc committee is not constituted it would be difficult to carry out the administrative works of the councils. Sources in the state health department said the term of the previous body of the Pharmacy Council ended on March 2012 and several letters were sent to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urging her to constitute an adhoc committee so that pending works of the council could be conducted.
But the Chief Ministers Office is yet to respond to it. Even their request to allow holding of the election has gone unanswered.
Dr Asit Biswas,spokesperson of the state health department admitted that elections has been pending and said they are in talks with the registrar of both the councils so that the election date could be finalised. B K Gupta,registrar of the Pharmacy Council,however,said the health department has not intimated them about when to conduct elections.
A senior official said that dental students will complete their internship in September and if the council still remains defunct it would be difficult for the students to get their registration certificates.
According to the figures given by the state health department,around 100 students of dental and pharmacy wing are yet to receive their registration certificates. Around 25 state-run pharmacy colleges could not slate their examination schedule due to the absence of an adhoc committee. A total of around 1,500 cases of medical negligence are still pending.
Doctors belonging to CPM-backed Association of Health Service Doctors,however,added that the council had send various deputation to the director of medical education urging them to fix the date of the election of the councils,but they are yet to look after the matter. The doctors of the association claimed that they will intensify their movement if the election is not held by April .