Doctors in Mumbai will have to register themselves with councils governing their streams of medicine to avoid being taken for quacks.
The state’s Public Health department will issue advertisements asking private doctors practising in Mumbai from different schools of medicine to register with their respective medical councils by a specific date, failing which they will have to face police action.
“There are four to five acts under which medical practitioners can function, but they need to register. Flying squads under the civic body’s health department will keep a check on their registration,” Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Wednesday while addressing the issue of bogus doctors raised in the legislative Council.
The flying squad will visit clinics, dispensaries and nursing homes in each of the 24 wards in Mumbai to check for bogus doctors.
Members of the squad will check the MCIM registration certificates and medical college degrees. If they find anything suspicious, they will contact the medical council for verification.
“If practioners are found without registrations or with fake certificates, the matter is referred to the police and the guilty are arrested,” Minister of State for Urban Development, Bhaskar Jadhav, said.
The state said the civic body had conducted a survey in 2009 and found only 62 bogus doctors in Mumbai. These cases were referred to the police.
Apart from these, 1,200 doctors were found to have valid certificates, but they had not renewed their registration.
Member of Legislative Council Jayprakash Chhajed said these numbers need to be checked. “In Mumbai, one will find 62 bogus doctors in a single slum,” Chhajed said.