Two Patiala Government Medical College doctors have had their licences suspended for being “ghost teachers” at Haryana’s private institutes.
Punjab Medical Council (PMC) issued the suspension orders on Wednesday, based on directions from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to act against re-employed professor of medicine Dr Ardaman Singh and forensic department senior resident Dr Ravdeep Singh. “The suspension is for one year,” PMC president Dr GS Grewal said.
During the MCI inspections, Dr Ardaman had appeared as teacher at the Patiala college on November 17, 2014, and on the faculty list of Kaithal’s Haryana Institute of Medical Science on April 18 last year. Dr Ravdeep was shown as teacher in both colleges in April/May last year.
After hearing both doctors, the MCI’s ethical committee told the PMC to take action, since they were registered in Punjab. Grewal demanded their suspension from the government service as well but they pleaded innocence. Dr Ardaman said he had challenged the MCI orders in the Punjab and Haryana high court. “I was at the Patiala college indeed during the 2014 inspection,” he said, “but after my retirement in March last year, I joined the Kaithal college, which I quit a few months later when the Patiala institute re-employed me.”
Dr Ravdeep Singh claimed that on August 19, the high court had stayed his suspension. “My name appeared at two places because I was assistant professor in the Kaithal college before joining at Patiala,” he said.
Responding to the charges, Grewal said he had not received any court orders. “We expect a similar MCI action against more doctors working as ghost teachers.” he said. “The practice of hiring private doctors for the inspection period is a common tactic to secure the MCI recognition. It hampers the quality of medical education.” Last week, the PMC suspended two more doctors for six months over similar charges.