CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government will appeal against the Madras High Court order quashing the Post Graduation Medical Counselling that was conducted last month, said health minister C Vijaya Basker on Friday.
Speaking to reporters after the verdict was out, he said: “the government has conducted the counselling for PG medical courses as per the Medical Council of India and Madras High Court orders. So, we will appeal in the Supreme Court against today’s order. We will see that in-service doctors are not affected.”
Meanwhile, another official said the government may consider releasing the revised merit list to comply with the three-day deadline set by the high court.
The government doctors community in the State has already started blowing the protest bugle.
“Attitudes of Supreme Court and Medical Council of India are complicating the issue. They are grabbing the power of states in medical education,” claimed G R Ravindranath, general secretary, Doctors’ Association for Social Equality (DASE).
He demanded the Central government to bring in an ordinance to amend MCI regulations and grant 50 per cent reservation for government doctors, as was followed in Tamil Nadu so far.
He also urged all political parties to join hands to retrieve the rights of the State in the medical education sphere.
Students’ Diploma Post Graduation Association immediately announced a dharna on Saturday at Madras Medical College demanding the government to protect the rights of service candidates.
Also, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) would convene its general body meeting to discuss the next course of action.