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Over 20,000 allopath doctors in Maharashtra operating without licence

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Beware, more than 20,000 allopath doctors are practising illegally across the state. Though it is mandatory, they are not registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council of India (MMC). Practising without registration is a criminal offence in the state.

"While ascertaining the data of doctors in the state, we found that more than 20,000 of them have not renewed their licences but are still working. It is compulsory to renew the registration after every five years. If the doctors fail to adhere to these norms, their practice is deemed to be illegal. It is a criminal offence," said Dr Shivkumar Utture, executive member, MMC.

At present, more than 75,000 doctors are registered with the council, which is the governing body of the state. The MMC has the power to suspend the doctors' licences if they are found guilty.

The MMC recently wrote a letter to all health care establishments across the state, including those belonging to government and civic corporations, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Directorate of Health Service, civic-run medical education department, private hospital association and Indian Medical Association (umbrella body of doctors), Maharashtra, stating that all doctors have to register with the council.

"We suspect most of these doctors are working in the government and corporation set-up. Hence, we wrote a letter to all the concerned stakeholders," Utture told dna.

Dr Anil Pachnekar, president of the Indian Medical Association (Maharashtra), said: "Whatever the MMC has stated in its letter is ethically right. To be able to practise in the state, the timely renewal of licence is essential. We have already informed our members to renew their licences before time. We will circulate this message across the state in our meetings and news bulletins. However, it is not right to call these doctors quacks as they have proper qualifications."

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