The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has issued notices to 23 doctors, most from Jalandhar, for engaging in unethical practice of advertisement in newspapers and other media. The notices dated ctober 28 have asked for explanation within 15 days.
PMC president Dr GS Grewal said, “We are also getting ‘sting’ operations of some doctors who take commissions for services. Action will be taken against them as the council is determined to minimise unethical practices, especially of advertisements and commissions from any source.”
Letters issued to doctors read that the advertisements that appeared in various newspapers were objectionable and amounted to soliciting patients, which was against the ethics observed by registered medical practitioners. As per the code of medical ethics of the Medical Council of India, The Indian Medical (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, and guidelines issued by the PMC, registered medical practitioners cannot issue advertisements of any sorts anywhere in India.
The 21 Jalandhar-based doctors and medical who’ve got notices include Dr Rupinder Bhargava and Dr Ruchi Bhargava; Dr JS Thind, Thind Eye Hospital; director of Sigma Hospital, child and maternity centre; director of Santaan Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre; director of NASA Neuro Care; director of Chawla Heart Care Centre; director of Dr Amarjit Clinic; director of Verma Hospital; Dr Surjeet Kaur, Parivaar Holy Family Nursing Home; director, Tagore Hospital and Heart Care Centre; director, Malhotra Children and General Hospital; director, Mahajan Eye Hospital; Dr GS Gill, Janta Hospital; director, India Kidney Hospital and Dialysis Centre; Dr Prashant Jerath, Jerath Path Lab and Allergy Testing Centre; Dr Sanjiv Goel, Bone and Joint Centre; Dr Ranu Chhabra, Babies World IVF Centre; Dr TL Chopra, Neil Hospital; Dr Gurdev Chowdhary, Ankur Kids Hospital; and director of Apex Hospital.
Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director and head of orthopaedics at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, and Dr Navdeep Singh, SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, have also been issued notices.