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Maharashtra Medical Council issues notice to 23 doctors over misleading foreign degrees

A hearing of all 23 doctors was called on Thursday following which 16 doctors agreed to remove MD physician qualification.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 14, 2015 10:25:03 pm

The Maharashtra Medical Council issued notices to 23 doctors across Mumbai after random checks showed that while they were registered as MBBS doctors with the Indian Medical Council, they were using their foreign degrees claiming to be MD physicians. MMC has pointed that use of the foreign degrees has been misleading patients.

According to the notice issued, 23 doctors who graduated from Seychells University, Russia, got a degree qualifying them as a MD Physician. “However, the qualifications are equivalent to an MBBS professional. Therefore we registered all these doctors as MBBS and asked them to mention only this qualification on their sign boards and prescription notes,” said Dr Kishor Taori, MMC President.

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The MMC, an autonomous regulatory body of medical practitioners, recently found that over 100 doctors had similar foreign degrees, which were MBBS equivalents, but they tagged themselves as post-graduate in different specialisations. “Such a step misleads a patient,” Taori added.

A hearing of all 23 doctors was called on Thursday following which 16 doctors agreed to remove MD physician qualification.

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