15 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The State government has asked the district Collectors to ensure enrolment of serving government doctors in Medico-Legal Opinion System. In a letter to all district collectors, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed to expedite enrolment by doctors in the web-based system. He directed them to conduct weekly reviews to expedite the process.
The online platform was launched recently under ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative for obtaining an opinion from doctors on medico-legal cases. The State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) has already created user options for administrators in the system for all public health facilities so that the doctors posted there can enrol themselves. "On review of the progress made on enrollment of the doctors, the same appears to be not very encouraging," Tripathy's letter stated.
The Collectors have been instructed to involve SPs and superintendents of Medical Colleges and Hospitals besides the superintendent of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Postgraduate Institute of Paediatrics (Sishu Bhawan), directors of Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Capital Hospital, Rourkela General Hospital and Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers during the review to ensure that all doctors are enrolled soon.
The Chief Secretary has also asked them to submit a weekly progress report to Health and Family Welfare Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda so that he can monitor the process. The medico-legal opinions are to aid the investigation and prosecution of an accused.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das said that it is an innovative step under Mo Sarkar initiative. "This system will connect all doctors at Government hospitals to the police establishment. It would further streamline the criminal investigation process," he added.