With the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) elections nearing, a panel of doctors contesting the elections has taken to technological advancement as a bait to attract more voters. A prototype created for MMC mobile application allows doctors to register online for licences, apply for license renewal online and gives a separate online complaint registration facility to patients affected by medical negligence.
The prototype has been created by Parivartan Panel, which has eight doctors from across Maharashtra contesting this year’s elections.
The application is however only a prototype currently, since the panel does not officially represent MMC and can only convert it into an application if elected. The application, created by Dr Manik Gurram from Solapur, allows any patient to go online and check whether a doctor is registered with the MMC or not. Patients can check the authenticity of any allopathic doctor once the application is officially launched.
Additionally, it allows doctors to renew registration, check their credit points, gives grievance information and patient education tips for both medical practitioners and patients.
The launch of the prototype comes 12 days before the MMC election that has over 85,000 doctors in the state eligible to cast their votes.
Forty-nine doctors will be contesting against each other for nine seats in the council, the elections of which are scheduled on December 18.
The MMC is a state autonomous body that regulates the ethical practices of doctors along with registration and cancellation of medical licences. Of 18 members in MMC, nine are elected by doctors, four are ex-officio members and five are nominated by state.
The eight doctors — Ramnath Ghute, Kiran Gojamgunde, Ajay Naik, Manik, Ketan Parikh, Prakash Patil, Ruchi Thakur and Sangeeta Pikale — have also released a manifesto to attract voters.
“We are working towards a transparent system. If brought to power, a smooth online system for doctors will be created so that they do not have to visit Mumbai headquarters for every formality,” said Pikale, an obstetrician, who is contesting elections.