Doctors Should adhere to guidelines, says council
New Delhi: Taking a strong stance against fake/inaccurate medical certificates issued by medical practitioners, the Delhi Medical Council has recently announced the suspension of four medical practitioners, for periods ranging from 1 month to 6 months, on account of unethical practices. While ordering the disciplinary action, the council was also seen asking the doctors to adhere to the guidelines for issuance of medical certificate framed by it, for future purposes.
Following are the details of the cases
CASE – Doctor 1- The council received a complaint after that the doctor gave 22 medical certificates to a patient within a span of 10 months. The disciplinary committee noted that all the treatment given and medical certificates issued by the doctor seems to be false, as the condition of the patient is not improving and remains absent from the duty despite fitness certificate issued to him by the doctor from time to time. The doctor also did not maintain O.P.D register of the patient examined by him in his clinic nor details of medical certificates issued by him. The council also observed that the doctor was using the suffix MD (Acupuncture) despite being registered with the council with an MBBS qualification and hence was violating DMC rules by using unrecognized qualifications.
The council directed that the doctor be removed from the State Medical Register of the Delhi Medical for a period of 180 days for his aforementioned misconduct and directed that he should refrain from such unethical practices, in future.
CASE Doctor 2- The case concerned when the doctor issued a medical certificate to a teacher, advising her six months rest for back pain. When questioned by the council on the complaint, the doctor replied that he has given six months medical certificate and advised the patient rest due to large clinical experience. He did not maintain any copy of the prescription nor provides any test details on how he reached the diagnosis.
The Disciplinary Committee recommended that the name of the doctor be removed for a period of thirty days from the State Medical Register of the Delhi Medical Council.
CASE- Doctor 3- The said doctor issued a medical certificate to a patient for a long duration of 11 months at one stretch. The patient was carefully examined regarding backache with P.U.O. (pyrexia of unknown origin) as repeated investigation did not reveal any clear-cut diagnosis and expert opinion and also advised conservative management.The concerned doctor admitted before the Disciplinary Committee that he issues medical certificate on payment basis.
The Disciplinary Committee noted that no satisfactory explanation was given for issuing medical certificates for a period of more than 11 months.The doctor also did not maintain O.P.D register of the patient examined by him in his clinic nor details of medical certificates issued by him. The council has directed that his name be removed for a period of 180 days.
CASE – Doctor 4– The action came after a complaint was filed with the council on two medical certificates issued by the concerned to a patient for a period of 22 days for UTI with fever and then 62 days for URTI with fever with colitis (at one stretch). Finding the doctors explanation unsatisfactory and also the fact that the doctor did not submit O.P.D register of the patient examined by her in her clinic nor details of medical certificates issued by her, the council ordered her name be removed from the State Medical Register of the Delhi Medical for a period of 30 days for his aforementioned misconduct and directed that she should refrain from such unethical practices, in future.
Speaking to Medical Dialogues team about the disciplinary action, Dr Girish Tyagi, Registrar, Delhi Medical Council said,” In the recent past, the complaints on fake medical certificates have constantly been on the rise. It is important to note that Medical certificates are legal documents and that issuing false, misleading or inaccurate certificate will not only bring a disciplinary action under the Medical Ethics but can also expose them to civil or criminal legal action. Records of the medical certificate are to be retained with the doctor for a period of 3 years from the date of issue.”
“Delhi Medical Council has issued guidelines for issuing a medical certificate, and doctors must follow the same to avoid unnecessary action,” he added.
Check out the said DMC guidelines