Medical Council actualizes Aadhaar linking to identify fake doctors
Alappuzha: Travancore-Cochin Medical Council (TCMC) has started steps to link Aadhaar details of doctors with their registrations, to discern fake medical practitioners in the state. Soon, the council will seek the permission to add personal details digitally without causing any leakage in information. The new system will help to identify those fake doctors who practice in the name of someone else who has registered with TCMC.
Recent incident in Alappuzha was a similar case. Dr C J Yesudas who was arrested in Alappuzha used the MBBS certificate and registration of another doctor under the same name. He was nabbed by authorities after many years of his practice in various hospitals in Kerala. With the new system, fake doctors could be identified on the day of their joining in job.
TCMC has begun steps to collect details of doctors in all sections of medicine like allopathy, ayurveda, unani and homeopathy. After the digitalization of the information, the council will approach government to link it with Aadhaar.
The council will also examine the details of doctors who work in various private hospitals. So far, details of doctors of 76 hospitals have been collected. A committee under director of health department and director of medical education are entrusted to check the eligibility of doctors working in the hospitals.
TCMC registration is mandatory for doctors who practice in Kerala.
Strict vigilance on those studied in foreign countries
Eligibility and qualifications of applicants for TCMC registration, who acquired their MBBS degree from foreign countries will be examined thoroughly. Copies of certificates submitted by applicants will be sent to universities and embassies to verify them. Registration will be completed only when the certificates are proven original, said Dr V Madhu, a TCMC member.