PUNE Police have booked a marketing co-ordinator with the Sahyadri Hospital on Karve Road, Ashok Ghone, for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a doctor when he doesn’t hold any degree to prove the qualification legally.
Ghone holds a Bachelor of Alternative Systems and Medicine (BASM) from a Delhi-based institute which is not recognised by any of the four medical councils in the state, recognition which is mandatory under Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act of 1961.
A medical officer with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has registered a case against Ghone under section 36 (1) of MMP Act.
The case is under primary investigation and Ghone has not been arrested yet.
According to Deccan Police who have registered a case in this regard, the medical department of the PMC got to know about alleged misrepresentation by Ghone through an informer at least eight months ago after which they visited the hospital and found out that although he was not eligible to identify himself as a doctor, he was operating like one and was also actually looking after patients at the hospital’s cardiac department.
Following this, the department issued a notice to Ghone after which he clarified that he had done several courses in medicine but after it was pointed out that he shouldn’t use the prefix ‘Dr’ as required by law, he agreed to drop the prefix. “The officials took a long time taking the legal opinion and completing the process of primary inquiry, and registered the offence,” said police.