New Delhi: The Delhi Bhartiya Chikitsa
Parishad allowed a person to practice Unani medicine for seven
years on the basis of a provisional certificate from a medical
institute without trying to check his degree, drawing flak for
its "arbitrary manner" of functioning.
A qualified doctor in alternative Indian Medicinal
system such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani has to register itself
with the Parishad before starting the practice or employment
as a medical practitioner.
The case came to light when an RTI applicant reached
the Central Information Commission after not getting
satisfactory response on his application seeking name of the
college from where the individual in question, Shakeel Ahmad,
had passed Bachelor of Unani Medicine System course.
When an application seeking registration comes before
the Parishad, it verifies from the medical institute from
where the candidate claims to have passed out. It is only
after such confirmation that registration of medical
professional is done and he is allowed to practice, which was
not followed in the case.
"It has been found that in 2002 Shakeel Ahmad has
been given registration on the basis of provisional and
internship completion. It is apparent that subsequently no
attempt was made to check if he ever obtained a degree,"
Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.
The Commissioner raised questions over the functioning
of Bhartiya Chikitsa Parishad of Delhi. The registration was
cancelled in the year 2009 after the case was highlighted.
"It is very sad and distressing that institutions to
register and guarantee the basic requirements of medical
professionals in the country are running in a very arbitrary
manner and appear to be serving their own purpose," he said.
Gandhi said such acts expose the citizens to complete
"substandard and unqualified" doctors.
"It is questionable whether such institutions should be
allowed to continue in this manner. In this case after the
application of the appellant the registration of Dr. Shakeel
has been cancelled. It is not feasible that citizens go about
uncovering fake and unqualified doctors while the registering
authorities do not do their job," he said.