Stop self-promotion, Maha med council tells 5 doctors

According to code of Medical Ethics, no doctor can indulge in any advertisement to promote himself or his/ her practice. However the MMC says that it has been receiving many complaints on doctors flouting the rule.

The spotlight is on doctors and hospitals advertising to promote their practice.

The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC)’s decision to penalise five doctors from Maharashtra, including two from Mumbai, for violating the medical code of ethics has sounded a strong message to the medical fraternity.

With the move, MMC has made it clear that any kind of advertising by doctors will be dealt with strictly. It has issued warning to the five doctors and asked them to submit an unconditional apology.

According to code of Medical Ethics, no doctor can indulge in any advertisement to promote himself or his/ her practice. However the MMC says that it has been receiving many complaints on doctors flouting the rule.

Dr Kishor Taori, chairman of MMC, said, “While we all know that section 6.1 of the MCI’s Code of Medical Ethics says a doctor cannot advertise for himself or herself alone or together with other doctors. The doctors were found guilty of advertising themselves and have transgressed the medical Code of Ethics.”

The doctors who got the first warning from the Maharashtra Medical Council are Dr Anil Patil and Dr Amarnath Upadhye from Mumbai, Dr Shaukat Kazi (Pune), Dr Lohiya Bhagwandas and Dr Umesh Mundada — both from Aurangabad.

According to the MMC, doctors found flouting the rule can invite punishment ranging from a warning letter to cancellation of their registration depending on the seriousness of the crime.

“Since this is their first offence, we have issued warning and asked them to submit an unconditional apology. This step should be a deterrent to others and people should learn from this episode,” said Dr Taori.

The Maharashtra Medical Council will also talk to the appropriate authority to cancel registration of the hospital or establishments found advertising.

One response to “Stop self-promotion, Maha med council tells 5 doctors

  1. Why this rule is applicable to homoeopaths and not to allopaths, ayurved and other doctors of other pathy.

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