27 fake doc­tors in city, finds NMMC sur­vey

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: A re­cent case of a bo­gus doc­tor practising in the city for the past 18 years is not an iso­lated one. Of­fi­cial records show that a large num­ber of such doc­tors are practising in the city vir­tu­ally play­ing with the lives of the res­i­dents.

The in­ad­e­quacy of the civic health sys­tem seems to have boosted the prospects of the bo­gus doc­tors in Navi Mum­bai. .

A sur­vey by NMMC has re­vealed that there are at least 27 bo­gus doc­tors op­er­at­ing in the gaothan and slum ar­eas. Fur­ther, in 904 pri­vate clin­ics, there are at least 334 doc­tors who do not have the req­ui­site doc­u­ments

The case of Dat­ta­trey Agde, a bo­gus doc­tor op­er­at­ing from his San­jee­vani clinic in Sec­tor 6 of Nerul had re­cently come to light. He was ar­rested for neg­li­gence caus­ing the death of un­sus­pect­ing pa­tients.

Arvind Cha­van, a res­i­dent of Nerul, said, “The doc­tor who ran his clinic for the past 15 years was quite well known in the area. There used to be a heavy rush of pa­tients at his clinic. I too used to go to him. Now we are all so wor­ried. We have no idea what in­jec­tions he used to give us.”

The case has brought to fore the men­ace of bo­gus doc­tors in the city. Sources say that a num­ber of bo­gus doc­tors have started clin­ics in the slums and vil­lages within the NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion.

An NMMC health depart­ment of­fi­cial said, “NMMC had sent a com­mu­ni­ca­tion to all 904 clin­ics in the city ask­ing those run­ning it to sub­mit the req­ui­site doc­u­ments for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. So far only 570 doc­tors of the clin­ics have sub­mit­ted the com­plete doc­u­ments. The doc­u­ments of 334 clin­ics are as yet in­com­plete.”

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