Punjab Medical Council on Wednesday issued notices to all 14 state doctors in the foreign junkets case. They have to furnish bank statements, passport copies, and income-tax returns within 15 days.
In the notice posted to these doctors, the council registrar has asked them to submit their comments along with the documents. Clause 6.8 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, says that doctors, private or government, can’t accept any kind of favour health industry. If they do, their registration can be cancelled or suspended, and they won’t be able to practice in the state concerned.
On Tuesday, Hindustan Times had reported how the Medical Council of India (MCI) was looking into the allegation against these doctors that they had violated the norms of professional conduct by going on foreign junkets funded by a pharmaceutical company. All private practitioners, six are from Muktsar, three each from Fazilka and Bathinda, and one each from Abohar and SAS Nagar. All are prominent physicians in their respective cities.
Ahmedabad-based ERIS Life Sciences sponsored their trip to the US, Singapore and Europe. The company manufactures, markets, and sells branded generic drugs across the country.
The MCI said that doctors SK Jindal of Jindal Heart and Chest Hospital, Muktsar; Ashok Kamra of Kamra Hospital, Muktsar; MM Bansal of Sri Guru Nanak Hospital, Muktsar; Mukesh Bansal of Usha Bansal Nursing Home, Muktsar; Dinesh Goyal, Dinesh Hospital, Muktsar; Balwinder Singh of Madho Hospital, Muktsar; Vijay Sachdeva of Sachdeva Hospital, Fazilka; YP Jassi of Jassi Hospital and Heart Care Centre, Muktsar; Navdeep Jasuja of Chandravati Hospital, Muktsar; and Naveen Sethi of Naveen Heart and Chest Clinic, Abohar, had visited Singapore.
It said that doctors Bharat Bhushan Jindal of Jindal Hospital, Bathinda; and MK Arora of SAS Nagar had visited Europe; and Doctors KK Nohria of Nohria Nursing Home, Bathinda; and Amit Taneja of Bathinda had gone to the US.