With a renewed focus on verifying medical degrees to identify bogus doctors, especially in slum areas, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department has decided to employ eight food inspectors for the purpose. For the last two months, only four sanitary inspectors were involved in the process.
Dr Sanjeev Wavare, Assistant Medical Officer, PMC, said at least seven bogus doctors have been identified so far, of which cases have been filed against two.
Yerawada police had recently arrested a 34-year-old man from Bihar who had allegedly been treating patients without a medical degree and requisite registration from the medical council. In another case, S S Thakur from Wadgaonsheri, who used to work as a compounder, had started posing as a doctor to patients.
While these two persons were arrested, the PMC has now renewed focus to identify bogus doctors, especially in slum areas.
“In slum areas, clinics remain open during night hours and therefore we need additional staff to carry out the drive against bogus doctors,” said Wavare.
The health department has appealed to people to lodge complaints if there were unqualified doctors prescribing medicines and treating patients in their areas. While there are as many as 2,000 dispensaries and 550 nursing homes, officials said initially the drive will focus on qualifications of doctors.
In Pimpri-Chinchwad, Chief Medical Officer Dr K Anil Roy said no cases of bogus doctors have been reported in the last six months. “However, we have initiated a drive to check if doctors have registered themselves with medical bodies and have the requisite medical certificates,” he added.
Dr Arun Halbe, chief of the city unit, Indian Medical Association (IMA), said they have forwarded names of such bogus doctors to the Maharashtra Medical Council for further action.
Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), which has been at the forefront of a campaign against bogus doctors, alleged that both police and civic officials did not actively pursue cases brought into their notice. Milind Deshmukh, Chief Secretary, MANS, said they had planned several measures but the response was not encouraging from civic officials.