A city court has ruled that unqualified doctors cannot be allowed to jeopardise lives of patients, while rejecting the anticipatory bail of a doctor who was working without registering with the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The court also directed the Delhi Medical Council Secretary to take appropriate action against hospitals which generate such employments.
Vinay Kumar Singh, an MBBS from Kharkib State Medical University, Ukraine, was working at Shanti Mukund Hospital, Vikas Marg, as Resident Medical Officer (RMO). The court has pulled up the hospital authorities for not verifying Singh’s documents at the time of his recruitment.
“A large number of doctors who do not possess such certificate from the MCI are being unauthorisedly hired and employed by many private hospitals on much lesser salaries,” said Additional District Judge Kamini Lau.
“Later they work as regular practioners being designated as doctors.”
The court observed that such activities from the hospital authorities jeopardizes lives of patients by placing them in the hands of these unregistered doctors.
Singh had done his internship from RML Hospital in 2004 and had also worked as RMO in ICU in Jeevan Jyoti Hospital for one year. He had taken the MCI screening test five times but failed to clear it.
Singh’s counsel Rajiv Sirohi said the allegations in the FIR are false and that his client had submitted all documents sought by the hospital administration. He added that an RMO is not a doctor. Therefore he is not required to furnish a certificate of registration with the MCI.