To check the mushrooming practice of unauthorised doctors setting up clinics and hospital across the state, especially in Ludhiana, the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) plans to strengthen its registration mechanism. It also plans to take the process online within three months, new PMC president Dr GS Grewal has said.
“Registration of all authorised doctors will be done, so that the public can distinguish between clinics that are run by unauthorised professionals and the incidence of fraud doctors making a fool of patients can be checked,” added Dr Grewal, who is based in Ludhiana. He added that the council would collect data on doctors through an online registration system and doctors, both in the government and the private sector, would mandatorily have to give their details. “A notification will soon be issued with the help of the state health department.”
The PMC plans to take other processes like obtaining certificates of various types and filing suggestions and complaints on the online platform.
“Transparency will be maintained and we only aim to check quacks,” added Dr Grewal.
The council will also ensure that doctors practice in the same specialisation that they have been trained and registered for and other medical councils will also be taken on board.
“We will ensure that all medical facilities with authorised competent people only are allowed to run,” he added.