Chandigarh, April 16: Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs), of Homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Allopathic issuing advertisements and promising assured treatment of various ailments including sexual ailments are in for trouble, as Punjab Government has decided to tighten noose on them.
Secretary Medical Education & Research Mr. Jagjit Puri today issued directions to initiate action against all those doctors who are advertising through various media including print, broadcast and outdoor media. Mr. Puri took a meeting of various Heads of Councils and Boards working under the department and directed them to start a campaign to stop advertisements by Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs), as it was violation of guidelines of Medical Council of India, IMA and other affiliating bodies.
Mr. Puri said that it was unfortunate that some of the leading medical practitioners dealing in Homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Allopathic are giving advertisements and putting hoardings in different parts of the State claiming total rejuvenation especially in matter of sexual problems, assuring the birth of male child etc. He said that these advertisements were against provisions of various acts.
He reminded them that Sh. Teekshan Sood, Medical Education & Research Minister has also issued directions that these RMPs are alluring innocent people by giving misleading advertisements and turning the pious medical profession as a money minting profession. He said that it was unethical as well as illegal for a doctor to advertise and any doctor issuing advertisements would be issued show cause notice by the affiliating body and proceedings would be launched for cancellation of his licence.
Mr. Puri said that Local Government Department and Transport Department were also being approached to remove the hoardings of advertisements by such doctors from municipal limits and also from buses of Transport Department.
Mr. Puri said that it was the duty of the government to ensure that medical professional does not fall in the hands of profiteers. He warned that if effective steps are not taken by the RMPs themselves then Govt. would be forced to book the erring practitioners.