The Health Department, it seems, is dragging its feet on taking action against the quacks who are operating in large numbers in the city.
This is what has come to light when a 40-year-old woman Krishna Devi and her new-born baby died at a quack’s hospital in Takroli on Thursday night.
But the health department, instead of initiating action against the quack, is awaiting information from the cops.
When chief medical officer Dr KK Singh’s comments on the issue were sought, he said, “Negligence by quacks is a criminal offence as they treat patients without relevant degree or training. But if the cops want, we would initiate action,” chief medical officer (CMO).
According to the health officials, any doctor working in the city without getting enrolled with the CMO office, is a quack.
Despite this, thousands of unregistered doctors are working in the city. But the Health Department is not taking any action against them.
In 2004, the Health Department had collected the names of 204 quacks and lodged FIR against 66. But they did not take any action against any one of them.
After this, the Health Department has virtually forgotten the quacks. Now, their number is supposed to have crossed 6000 mark.
Although the department launched a drive against quacks in 2006, it failed to yield any results.
Commenting on the issue of quacks, joint secretary of Indian Medical Association (Lucknow) Dr PK Gupta said, “Quacks defy the laws but the onus to identify them lies with the Health Department.
Since the Health Department has the list of registered and qualified doctors, it is easier for them to identify the quacks whose number is supposed to have over 6000 in the State Capital.”
The Health Department has identified 27,252 quacks operating in the State but action was taken only against 1993.