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Medical bodies seek crackdown on quackery

Deccan Chronicle.| dc correspondent

Published on: March 14, 2022 | Updated on: March 15, 2022

The associations flayed the allotment of land and funds in Gajwel to construct a community hall for non-registered practitioners

There is no time for the authorities to appoint nominated council members who are empowered to take action on unethical practices and quacks, said Dr K. Mahesh Kumar, president, Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA).   Representational limage/AFP

There is no time for the authorities to appoint nominated council members who are empowered to take action on unethical practices and quacks, said Dr K. Mahesh Kumar, president, Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA). Representational limage/AFP

HYDERABAD: Several medical associations in the state demanded that the government appoint a committee to crack down non-registered medical practitioners or 'quacks'.

During the Prajaarogya Parirakshana Sabha conducted by various health associations on Sunday, they demanded abolition of quackery by appointing anti-quackery committees.

The associations flayed the allotment of land and funds in Gajwel to construct a community hall for non-registered practitioners, even as the State Medical Council does not have a proper building in the same town.

"Quacks get government land and funds for community halls. Whereas the State Medical Council doesn't have a proper building. This is how quacks and quackery are encouraged. There is no time for the authorities to appoint nominated council members who are empowered to take action on unethical practices and quacks," said Dr K. Mahesh Kumar, president, Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA).

Dr Kumar filed an RTI seeking the criteria or guidelines under which grants were sanctioned for the community hall in Gajwel. The reply stated: "Jurisdictions are matter with the domain of adjudicating authorities and cannot properly be classified as information." [sic]

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