THE MEDICAL Council of India (MCI) has come down heavily on six errant doctors in Maharashtra who were found working as full-time teachers in more than one medical college in different districts at the same time. Two of these doctors were found working full-time in two hospitals located in different states altogether, making it impossible to teach in both simultaneously.
The six senior doctors have now been suspended for a period of six months to a year after MCI directed Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) to investigate the matter and take action. “We found out that several of these doctors were teaching in one government and one private medical college. MCI found their names during manual inspection and issued orders,” said interim administrator of MMC, Dr Abhay Chawdhary.
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The MCI is an apex body that regulates the ethical practices of doctors and medical colleges across India. It also issues licence to doctors for medical practice along with registering names of doctors teaching in each medical college. The MCI board found at least nine such doctors from across the country fooling the system by drawing salaries from multiple colleges but teaching only in one.
A Right to Information (RTI) query filed by The Indian Express at MMC revealed that since 2012, 18 doctors have been suspended for being posted as full-time professors or assistant professors in multiple colleges. The MCI observed that it is physically impossible for these doctors to teach in a 9 am to 4 pm job in medical colleges located far from each other.
The doctors banned from practicing and teaching for a year include Dr Tushar Patil, assistant professor in department of anatomy, whose name appeared in Dr Ulhas Patil Medical College and Hospital, Jalgaon, and SMBT Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Nashik along with Dr Alka Sontakke, who was found a full-time teacher in Maharashtra Institute of Education and Research Talegaon Dhabade, Pune, and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Mission and Hospital in Navi Mumbai.
Four other doctors were suspended for six months from medical practice and teaching. Dr Yashodeep Sonawane worked in Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule, and Karad-based Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences while Dr Pankaj Nemade, assistant professor of general surgery, worked in Maharashtra Institute of Education and Research Talegaon Dhabade, Pune, and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Mission and Hospital in Navi Mumbai, which is over three hours driving distance from the Pune college.
Two doctor were found working in different states. Dr Pradnya Kulkarni, assistant professor at anatomy, was found registered in Prakash Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Sangli and KD Medical College and Research Centre in Uttar Pradesh, some 1,600 km away and Dr Bhagat Haridas was attached with JIJU’s Indian Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Jalna and Raipur Institute of Medical Sciences in Chhattisgarh.