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Impersonation: Selection of junior doctors to be more stringent,say hospitals

A day after Azad Maidan police station arrested Zuber Qureshi for impersonating a certified doctor at Bombay Hospital for six years,the hospital said that it would make its selection of junior doctors more stringent by calling for two references at the time of selection.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 24, 2010 5:39:31 am

A day after Azad Maidan police station arrested Zuber Qureshi for impersonating a certified doctor at Bombay Hospital for six years,the hospital said that it would make its selection of junior doctors more stringent by calling for two references at the time of selection. The hospital also called on medical universities to incorporate a photo identity of the medical student on the MBSS certificate issued by the university to make the process of authentication easier.

The hospital said it may ask for photo IDs from SSC and HSC colleges as well. “We’ll try and make it as fool proof as possible,” said Dr D P Vyas,medical director.

At a press conference on Thursday,the hospital clarified that it had been misled. It said it had around 200 junior resident doctors and till now,cross referencing for junior resident doctors was done randomly.

The police said that Qureshi who was impersonating Dr Meraj Shaikh had studied with him in Wardha. While Shaikh went on to complete his MBBS,Qureshi had failed his first year exam multiple times and was expelled. Shaikh continued his practice in Nagpur,however,Bombay Hospital hired Qureshi in 2003 as a junior resident doctor in the department of cardiothoracic surgery.

A day after the arrest,the police said that investigation is still on. “We are investigating how this man was hired by Bombay Hospital when he did not even clear his MBBS exams and how he managed to work there for six years without anybody getting suspicious,” said Chering Dorje,DCP (Zone 1).

The police took up the case after Shaikh was tipped off by another doctor in Nagpur. Every six months,resident doctors at Bombay Hospital have to undergo an appraisal from the senior consultant — in this case,the fake Qureshi got away without raising suspicion for six years.

The hospital maintained that even though Qureshi had falsified his medical certificates,it had not received a single complaint against him in the last six years. “Even today his senior consultant is happy with his work,” said Vyas.

Bombay Hospital doctors said that Qureshi had managed to get himself registered at the Maharashtra Medical Council in 2000,three years before Bombay Hospital hired him. “Ideally it is the MMC that should verify the authenticity of every doctor when they are registered,” Vyas said.

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