Delhi: Fake doctor malaise on the rise, 240 complaints against 'quacks' seen in 2016

Delhi: Fake doctor malaise on the rise, 240 complaints against 'quacks' seen in 2016
Delhi: Fake doctor malaise on the rise, 240 complaints against 'quacks' seen in 2016

Highlights

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    In 2016, the Delhi Medical Council received 240 complaints regarding fake doctors.

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    This was over 100 complaints more than those received in the year before.

Harpal Singh's left arm is not working; it's probably paralysed now. But this problem is not the result of any disease or health complication. Instead, the 55-year-old is suffering from the malaise after a fake doctor (quack) he visited, administered a wrong injection on him. Singh went to other doctors at various city hospitals, including St Stephen, IHBAS and AIIMS, and now, doctors have suggested he will have to go under the knife to get his arm back in action.

Singh has made a complaint to the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) against the quack who is running a small clinic at Shahadra. Singh's complaint is one of the many that the DMC has been investigating. Cases of quacks have gone up significantly as last year the DMC had reported 240 such complaints of fake doctors running illegal business in the city. In 2015, the council had just reported 120 complaints against fake doctors.

Harpal, who works at an apparel factory told Mail Today, "I told the doctor about the pain in my arm when he was administering the injection to me, but he did not listen and said it will get better in some time. Next day, when I again visited his clinic, the doctor said now you to go some other hospital for treatment. It has been three months now that I am getting treatment at AIIMS and waiting for operation to be done as my left arm is not in action till now."

240 COMPLAINTS AGAINST QUACKS IN 2016

DMC registrar Dr Girish Tyagi said the council had received 240 complaints of quacks in 2016 and the incidents are being looked into. "In 2015, the DMC had reported over 120 complaints for which show-cause notices were issued against 102 complaints and FIRs were lodged in 72 cases," said Tyagi.

These so-called doctors do not hold any formal degree. In 2016, a study titled 'The Health Workforce in India' reported by WHO highlighted that only 58 per cent of allopathic doctors have a legal medical degree and in rural India, whereas qualified doctors are just 18 per cent.

Previously, the DMC had sought out a case against a quack named "Dr Alka Goel" who claimed herself to be a gynecologist and due to her wrong medication and treatment, a patient lost her life.

Also read: Duping in name of arranging patient beds, fake doctor caught at Safdarjung Hospital

HOW ACTION IS TAKEN

"Whenever a complaint is registered, it is sent to the concerned chief district medical officer (CDMO) to visit the spot. They then send the report to the DMC whether the concerned person is an allopathic doctor or not. And if he/she is into allopathic medical practice, the DMC then issues a show-cause notice, following which the DMC investigates the matter and if the quacks fails during the probe, the medical council then asks him/her to shut down the clinic. This compliance report is then sent to the CDMO, deputy commissioner of police, station house officer and secretary of health," said Tyagi.

DELAY BY POLICE

Sometimes, it has been noticed that even after the DMC actions against quacks, their clinics mushroom elsewhere in the locality, informed an official, adding most cases are reported from east Delhi. Lack of coordination among the police, DMC and the government officials become the main reason behind delay in action. Thus far, 98 FIRs are still awaiting actions.

Also watch: 300 doctors treating Delhi with fake degrees

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