Feb 18, 2020

Warning – 40,000 fake doctors around the country!  Featured

The GMOAhas decided to jointly conduct an island wide programme together with theHealth Ministry to nab fake medical practitioners engaged in medical servicewithout proper registration.   Accordingto its Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge, a survey conducted by the GMOA hadidentified over 40,000 fake doctors practising around the country without validregistration.

He said that in consultation with the Attorney General the Rs. 5000 fineimposed on those engaging in the medical profession without properqualifications would now be increased to Rs. 50,000. Based on the GMOA survey,they had identified around 10,000 fake doctors in six provinces.

There are three main accepted medical practices, namely western, Ayurveda and Homeopathyand accordingly, the fake doctors also fall into all three categories, hepointed out.

24-hourcomplaint hotline   

The GMOASecretary stated that a 24 hour hot line should be established to entertaincomplaints regarding such fake doctors. He said this hotline number should bemade public and a system should be established where patients could check thedoctors qualifications through sms. They had notified this to the HealthMinister and other officials.

Aluthgealso suggested that in order to prevent such fake doctors a Rs. 100,000 fineshould be imposed together with a jail term of up to five years. He alsosuggested that a special joint surveillance team should also be established toinvestigate and ban such fake doctors.