Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Andika Perkasa will stick to the decision of the Indonesian Doctors Association's (IDI's) Executive Board (PB) regarding the membership status of Lieutenant General (Ret) Dr Terawan Agus Putranto.

During his meeting with General Chair of PB IDI, Dr. Muhammad Adib Khumaidi, Perkasa noted that the TNI respected IDI's internal decisions and rules.

"IDI, as an institution, also has the authority embedded since it was founded. I respect their decision regarding the membership status of Dr Terawan Agus Putranto," he stated as broadcast on his YouTube channel, accessed on Monday.

During the meeting, the general sought information from IDI regarding the impact of permanent dismissal of Dr Putranto's practice permit, as he was an expert at the Army Central Hospital (RSPAD) Gatot Subroto, Jakarta.

"We need to find answers regarding several questions, for instance, will the decision affect Dr. Putranto's practice permit at RSPAD? However, the answer is that we will follow the decision," Perkasa remarked.

Earlier, the 31st IDI congress in Banda Aceh, Aceh, last month took the decision on the permanent dismissal of Dr Putranto as a member of IDI. The decision was taken by PB IDI after the management received a recommendation from the IDI Medical Ethics Honorary Council (MKEK).

However, the dismissal has no effect on Dr Putranto, whose current practice permit, or SIP, is still valid until August 5, 2023.

The problem may arise after the validity of the practice permit ends. In order to apply for a new permit, a doctor requires a recommendation from a professional organization as regulated in Article 38, paragraph (1), point a of Law Number 29 of 2004 on Medical Practice.

The recommendation letter is part of the requirements that must be completed by a doctor while applying for a practice permit.

Later, the permit will be issued by an authorized health official in the district and city where the applicant practices after taking into account the completeness of the requirements.

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Translator: Genta Tenri M, Resinta S
Editor: Sri Haryati
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