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Maharashtra Medical Council Warns Doctors For Advertising To Promote Practice, Does Anybody Care?

In order to entice the naive and vulnerable patients, huge Billboards and newspaper advertisements by private doctors and hospitals with attractive medical packages and/or superlative claims for medical success are seen everywhere in India. In the absence of any effective regulation, Doctors and wealthy hospitals have completely transformed Indian healthcare delivery system as a highly profitable business in the mode of selling soaps, TVs or gold ornaments. But advertisements in any form that try, directly or indirectly, to promote medical practice or attract the innocent patients are absolutely illegal in accordance to the MCI “Code of Ethics & Regulations”.

But with rampant corruption crippling the medical regulatory systems in MCI and state medical councils (SMCs), no doctor or hospital ever cared to observe the laws against advertisement. In a rare move, Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has issued warning to 40 doctors in the Mumbai area for promoting themselves through public advertisement. But does “warning” really mean anything to these unscrupulous doctors? We will have to wait and see.

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  • Ganesh Mandal October 7, 2015, 9:31 am

    Maharashtra Medical Council ( MMC) issued warning to 40 doctors whch is very good starting point. Thanks to MMC for their bold step. Let us see how they can handle it.

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti October 7, 2015, 10:04 am

    The main and urgent requirements of this country is to have proper and effective medical regulatory authorities in the true sense of the term in the Centre and all states to have the desired effect. Maharashtra Medical Council deserves thanks for taking the exemplary steps to this effect, Let us hope all other states would also follow the same.

  • Mukesh Yadav October 7, 2015, 11:07 am

    Most of the corporate hospitals violating Regulations, 2002 with impunity. Recently established JayPee Hospital in Noida publishing Photographs of doctors in leading News Papers. What is the fun in having such Regulations which can not be implemented. Why suo motu cognigence can’t be taken by MCI/SMC with strict deterrent penalty?

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