Punjab Medical Council (PMC) registrar has written to the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Ludhiana, to book three doctors of Dr Rama Sofat Hospital, College Road, Civil Lines, and a doctor named Meena for cheating and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and under the Anti-Quackery Act.
The council recommended the FIR after it found Dr Rama Sofat, Dr Amit Sofat and Dr Ruchika Sofat of Dr Rama Sofat Hospital continuing unethical practices even after being served notices twice and them apologising.
In the letter, the registrar said notices had been issued to the doctors for unethical activities, especially regarding advertising continuously on the electronic and print media to solicit clients violating the Indian Medical Council (Professional, Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 and 2004.
The council alleged that the doctors were now indulging in surrogate advertising through a doctor named Dr Meenu, who advertised in the same channels regarding IVF, with a clinic called Banjpan Clinic, and ran a strip in bold letters saying clinic next to Dr Rama Sofat Hospital.
Dr Arun Mitra, chairman, ethical committee, PMC, investigated the matter after receiving complaints and found that Dr Meenu was a BAMS (Ayurvedic doctor) and thus was not entitled to carry out IVF procedures. Besides, her clinic was not equipped to do the procedure. Thus, she was found violating the Anti-Quackery Act and was found cheating the viewers by advertising for something that she was not qualified for in connivance with doctors of Dr Rama Sofat Hospital.
Dr GS Grewal, president, PMC said, “There won’t be any let off in checking unethical practices by doctors. Letter from the registrar to register case against the defaulters will help enforce ethical practices and stop cheating of viewers and conspiracy.”
He said, “The council is getting lot of inputs from NGOs about doctors, especially cancer and neuro specialists, patients taking and giving commission, and soon we will conduct sting operations with the help of these NGOs against this social evil. We will put everything in public domain once solid proofs are available.”
Deputy commissioner of police Nilambari Jagdale said, “I had received the letter, I will verify the facts given and take action accordingly.”Dr Amit Sofat didn’t reply to calls.