MMC suspends licence of 14 doctors for submitting fake postgraduate (PG) certificates from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS).
Cracking down on doctors with fraudulent degrees, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has suspended licences of 14 speciality doctors who were found to be unqualified after investigation.
Out of these 14 doctors whose licenses were suspended, four are from Pune district and had submitted fake PG certificates from the CPS. The decision was taken during the recent executive committee meeting, said officials.
MMC had earlier issued notices to these 14 doctors, from different parts of the state and practising as PG doctors, despite not having valid qualifications.
Admission by these 14 doctors
The notices were issued after discrepancies were found in the record and during investigation, they admitted that they failed the examination conducted by CPS but still managed to procure passing certificates.
Officials said they shocked to hear that everything happened inside the premises of CPS and have written to the government to take over the institute and make changes.
“All the 14 specialised doctors admitted to submitting fake documents.
Out of these, 4 doctors are from Pune and had submitted fake diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics, and diploma in medical radiology and electrology.
As they agreed to it, their licences have been suspended for one year,” said Dr Dilip Sarda, executive committee member of MMC.
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Decision by MMC
“The decision was taken during the recent executive committee members meeting.
The doctors are registered with us as specialised doctors in the year 2015.
We are still checking the old records of CPS and the council,” Sarda added.
This happened inside the premises of the CPS and the MMC wants the government to take the charge of the institute as the council has limited powers.
The MMC has also written to the government, asking it to make changes in the institute and create a four-point programme.
As per the recommendations, MMC has asked the CPS faculty to be changed and teachers from Maharashtra University of Health Science (MUHS) has to be appointed there.
The exams were conducted by the CPS examiners so MMC has asked that they to be replaced by staff from MUHS as they are experienced examiners.
The inspection of CPS has to be done by member of MUHS and Medical Council of India (MCI), similar to what is done in other medical colleges.
Over the last couple of years, MMC has been constantly taking action against doctors with fake certificates.
MMC have already completed the scrutiny for 2017 and 2016 and are planning to look into records from 2014.
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Till now action against 150 doctors
Till now, they have taken action against as many as 150 such doctors, officials said.
Dr Shivkumar Utture, president, MMC, said, “The suspension decision was taken by the executive committee after finding discrepancies in the record and the doctors accepted the charges.
We have also asked the government to make changes and take over the institute as that will help them to give quality education to the students at an affordable price.
This is a 100-year-old institute and such changes will definitely help young upcoming doctors.”
Utture added, “The current fees for the courses are very high so students from rural areas cannot afford it.
The objective of the institute is to take as many students as possible from rural parts of the state for several diploma courses.
Such changes will definitely bring more specialised doctors to rural parts of the state.”