To curb the rising number of quacks in the city,the BMC will now conduct regular inspections at medical clinics. Following a meeting last month,BMC health officials from all city wards will conduct surprise inspections at clinics to check doctors degrees and registration certificates to identify quacks.
We have already targeted certain doctors who had fake educational certificates. Some of them were unable to show proper documents. We have reported these defaulters, said a health official from F South ward.
The official admitted that the process is a little more tricky. Sometimes,even legitimate doctors indulge in malpractices. For example,a doctor with an ayurveda degree may prescribe allopathic medicines. This is also quackery, said the official.
The slum areas in Dharavi,Govandi and Shanti Nagar have seen the prominent presence of quacks,who often target the poor. Last year,there were some cases of patients dying due to wrong injections, said a member of the Govandi Medical Association.
Last month,standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale had asked the BMCs health department to produce biannual reports of crackdown on bogus doctors.
The problem lies in prosecution of the defaulters. In earlier drives,we had reported around 60 such quacks,but till date action has been taken only against 10, said BMC health executive Dr E Bandivdekar.
As far as the role of the BMC goes,it can only identify the quacks and forward the complaints to the police. Currently,quacks are arrested under acts that deal with cheating,all of which are bailable offences.