Punjab Medical Council (PMC) issued notices to 25 doctors across the state for engaging in unethical practices. These unethical practices, included advertising in TV channels, taking commission from diagnostic centres for prescribing tests from particular centres and violating the ethics of registered medical practitioners.
PMC registrar issued notices to the doctors of Bathinda, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Faridkot, on October 1 asking them to give explanation within 15 days.
PMC president Dr GS Grewal said, “PMC can't afford violation of rules and regulations of the ethical committee. Thus, those who don't stop unethical practices even after notices will have to let go their registration, and hence practice in the state of Punjab.”
It is pertinent to mention here that nearly 20 doctors were served notices in the month of July and August for such practices. “In the ethical committee, all doctors sought apology and gave undertaking that such practice will not be adopted in the future,” said Dr Grewal.
The letters issued to doctors read that the advertisements that appeared in various television channels were objectionable and amounted to soliciting patients, which was against the ethics observed by registered medical practitioners.
As per the code of medical ethics of the Medical Council of India, The Indian Medical (professional conduct, etiquette and ethics) Regulations, 2002, and guidelines issued by the PMC, registered medical practitioners cannot insert advertisements of any sorts anywhere in India.
Dr Grewal said Dr TS Kler, executive director, cardiac science at Escort Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, has written an open letter to the Prime Minister and union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in this regard.
“The suggestions given by Dr Kler like spending more money by the government on health and forming a think tank of 20 or 25 doctors from different fields should be adopted at the earliest to stop these mall practices,” Dr Grewal said.