Mumbai: As many as 48 doctors are now reported to have come under the scanner of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) in PG certification scam linked with College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS).
These 48 doctors have been issued show cause notices by the state medical council over the past one month; after a manual inquiry into the records of each of their Post-Graduate (PG) certification showed discrepancies. The inquiry allegedly reveals that these doctors never appeared for the final medical examinations.
Earlier, the MMC investigations revealed that around 77 doctors had failed the College of Physicians and Surgeons examinations, but managed to procure passing certificates and had been practising based on those specialists’ degrees since.
Medical dialogues had extensively reported about the scam since months. The Maharashtra Medical Council stumbled upon the scam over a year ago, while scrutinizing documents of a candidate, who had submitted a fake certificate for registration. This prompted the medical council to launch a statewide probe into the matter.
Most fake degrees were of sought-after courses such as diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics, diplomas in ophthalmic medicine, general surgery and cardiology, fellowships in surgery, medicine.
The state medical council began taking action and in the first go- 20 of these doctors were suspended in the month of April 2018. The 20 doctors had confessed that they paid lakhs of rupees in order to procure fake PG degrees and they also named a middleman who is paediatrician by profession.
Later, the MMC summoned 53 specialists for questioning.
Further inquiry led to 50 more doctors coming out and pleading guilty to the fraud and submitting written apologies. These doctors were handed a one-year suspension by the council. Another 7, who did not show for the final hearing were handed over a 5-year ban.
The whole case of fake certificates was linked to a larger scam and is alleged to have been involving more medical practitioners, who were assisting these doctors get their “Pass certificates.” Doctors allegedly paid between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 6 lakh for the certificates after failing the CPS examination. The paediatrician, Dr Nyati’s name figured as the kingpin of the scam.
After a confirmed identification that he was the one allegedly helping doctors procure fake certificates, the MMC permanently revoked Dr Nyati’s registration to practice. The Bhoiwada police filed a charge sheet against Dr Nyati, but he managed to get out on bail.
“Most of the students are not even aware that the certificates are fake. They thought they were real. We suspect that nobody from College of Physicians and Surgeons is involved in the case,” a police official from Agripada police station had informed.
In November, Dr Nyati was arrested under various Indian Penal Code sections of cheating, forgery, breach of trust and using fake documents as genuine.
The police had informed that more arrests will follow as the number people involved in the scam is more than 100, including 58 MBBS medicos who procured the fake degrees for their post-graduation courses from College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Now, in the recent case, 48 doctors are suspected to have submitted forged certificates of CPS courses by bribing Dr Nyati, reports The Indian Express. Consequently, the state medical council has issued them show cause notices.
“Most of the doctors practice in semi-urban and rural areas across Maharashtra,” Dr Shivkumar Utture, the President MMC told the daily, adding that an FIR will only be filed once responses from each doctor come.