After winning seats through the “teachers” quota what appears to be a botched up West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) election, Trinamool-Congress (TMC)-backed doctors’ group (PDA) leader and a sitting MLA of TMC, Dr. Nirmal Maji, has slammed PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha for living in USA. While talking with reporters, Dr. Maji has threatened that they will challenge Dr. Saha’s medical registration since “he is a US resident” (see TOI news below).
Originally a physician from Kolkata, Dr. Saha has been settled in the US for the past more than two decades working on HIV/AIDS. Apart from founding PBT (following his wife, Anuradha’s unfortunate death during a social visit to India in 1998 due to gross medical negligence by several top Kolkata doctors), a humanitarian organization to help victims of medical negligence and to promote a better healthcare system in India, Dr. Saha has spent a great deal of time in India over the past more than 15 years to help the ordinary people of India and to fight numerous legal battles against negligence and corruption in the Indian healthcare system.
There cannot be any legal or moral ground for any doctor to lose his/her registration in India just for residing in a foreign country. It appears that Dr. Maji, a career politician and reportedly very close to TMC supremo and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, is upset with Dr. Saha because it was from the PIL filed by PBT that the Adhoc Committee formed after TMC came to power in 2011 to control WBMC was dissolved and new election was ordered by Calcutta High Court. Such personal attack on Dr. Saha by the TMC medical leader is unfortunate not only because it is politically motivated but also it is an attack on numerous NRI doctors who despite living in different parts of the world are deeply patriotic toward India and are committed to work for elevating condition of their motherland.