Hailing the decision of the Punjab and Haryana high court that upheld the Punjab Medical Council (PMC)’s move of asking doctors to provide their PAN details and income tax returns, PMC president Dr GS Grewal and ethical committee chairman Dr Arun Mitra have said the efforts of the council to end the practice of ghost faculty would continue.
“This is an important judgment for the training of upcoming doctors, and the practice is a criminal negligence on the part of institutions and ghost doctors,” said Dr Grewal.
“In a landmark order, the high court has lauded the objective of the PMC in connection with the cases of doctors who are registered with it but are practising in other states,” he added.
Dr Grewal said the decision came on a petition filed by Dr Ravinder Singh, former vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, who had challenged the PMC for asking the doctors information regarding the PAN number and IT returns, which the petitioner perceived to be unfair as it solicited information that was private in nature.
Disclosing the PAN number to the registering authority could not be construed to be disclosure of the private information, particularly when the registering authority’s object is laudable – to have a database information of those medical practitioners who are registered with a particular state but are practising outside the state, Dr Grewal disclosed the court order.