Postgraduate degrees of at least 48 doctors in the state will be removed from their licences, barring them from being teaching faculty or specialists in emergency departments across the country. The action came after the state medical council found the degrees were unrecognised by the apex medical body — Medical Council of India.
In three other cases, doctors found guilty of using unrecognised degrees or practising the speciality were fined Rs 10,000. While P Shankar, an MBBS doctor from Vellore, purchased a PG certificate from University of Seychelles, American Institute of Medicine, for Rs 6 lakh through a broker in Pune, Tuticorin residents Dr Rajesh Tilak and Dr Jasmine Tilak were using qualifications that were not recognised by MCI.
On Wednesday, after the general body meeting, council president Dr K Senthil said the doctors who registered themselves as PGs using unrecognised degrees have been issued a warning for misleading the council.
“Some doctors had sought time to appear before the council. We decided it was not required because their degrees aren’t recognised and their appearance will make no difference. All these doctors will be under the council’s scanner for at least five years,” he said.
The doctors were conferred MD in accident and emergency medicine by Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, and Vinayaka Mission Medical College. Both the deemed universities received permission to run the course after 2012, but doctors who passed out in 2009 have registered their degrees.
The Emergency Medicine Association filed a complaint with the state medical council. An investigation found the doctors registered their post-graduate degrees between October and December 2017 when the council was headed by a court-appointed administrator.
The council has also made changes to the registration process to ensure no unrecognised degree is registered. “In the last three months, the council has laid down guidelines for staff to follow. The deputy registrar should verify and sign the application before it is sent to the registrar, who will do the final verification before approving the registration,” Dr Senthil said.