It has teeth, but never bites. “The only thing I have done is to make proper use of the teeth that Punjab Medical Council always had,” says Dr GS Grewal, man who exposed Punjab’s ghost medical teachers in private colleges of the region.
After taking over as PMC president on July 1, 2014, this Ludhiana-based medicine specialist has brought many errant doctors to the book. It includes Dr Sofat of Ludhiana, whose family runs a clinic offering “magical cure” for infertility. It was charged with cheating the medical licences of its members were suspended for three months. “They were advertising under the garb of public awareness, which our professional ethics and law don’t allow,” said Dr Grewal.
He also took on fraudsters who issued fake age certificates in medico-legal cases and fleeced cancer patients covered under the state government’s assistance scheme. “When I took over as council president, I put a lot of effort into understanding the Medical Council Act and medical ethics. I realized we have enough teeth, but are not even showing these. Acting against somebody was unimaginable,” said the doctor trained at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
The journey, however, was not so easy. He met stiff resistance from within the medical council.
“Unfortunately, there were some members whose own conduct was not up to the mark,” he said. The question is how far he can go. “I will prefer to resign instead of making a compromise,” he says.