A shocking case of negligence in issuing licences to self-styled doctors to treat patients and even operate on them by the West Bengal Medical Council has come to the fore. A social media user has uploaded a video, naming a certain ‘Dr’ Bazlur Rahman Molla who has the licence to practise medicine owing to fake medical degrees.
Among the fake degrees of Bazlur Rahman Molla is one of a master of surgery that he claims to have obtained from the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Health Science & Ayush University of Chattisgarh. While the said institution is not authorised to issue MS degrees, what is more obviously a case of fraud is that this university was established in 2008 whereas Bazlur Rahman Molla claims to have obtained the degree in the year 2000!
This quack and charlatan even performs surgery, signing as a proxy of real doctors in a nursing home owned by his wife. Apparently ignorant of her husband’s misdeeds, the wife lodged a complaint with the medical regulatory body of the state and also the police against Bazlur Rahman Molla.
Facebook user Rakhi Mitra, sharing the details above via video, draws the attention of Dr Nirmal Maji, the head of the West Bengal Medical Council, and alleges that many other fake doctors practise in the state with impunity, imperilling the lives of gullible patients.
Dr Nirmal Maji happens to be a Trinamool Congress MLA.
While Sirf News cannot vouch for the veracity of this particular allegation, Bengali language news mediums have reported several cases of quacks and fake doctors operating in the state.
The West Bengal Police had in June arrested at least five “fake doctors” for allegedly practicing in various government and private medical facilities in the state with fake degrees. ‘Dr’ Subhendu Bhattacharya was arrested from Howrah following a complaint that he was practicing using a duplicate registration number and fake degrees. Police say Bhattacharya was using the registration number of another doctor named Ayan Ghosh who had later lodged a complaint against him.
Bhattacharya claimed to have a degree from Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom and even displayed a picture of him receiving an award from the President of India to attract patients.
Another such “doctor”, Ajay Tewari, was arrested from his clinic in south Kolkata this week. Tewari, claimed to be a “consultant gastroenterologist” with a big private hospital in the city — the Kothari medical Centre — and, was allegedly using a fake Medical Council of India registration certificate. According to the hospital management, Tewari had been treating patients at the institute for 20 years. During its initial probe, the CID found that Tewari’s claim of having an MBBS degree from Assam was false and that he was actually a commerce graduate.
Similarly, another fake doctor Naren Pandey was arrested for posing as an allergy specialist at Kolkata’s top private hospital Belle Vue. CID sleuths who posed as patients discovered that Pandey had been claiming to be a allergy expert, but during interrogation he confessed that his qualification was that of a Unani practitioner.
According to CID, those with an Unani degree were not eligible to use ‘Dr’ before their names, leave alone prescribing allopathic drugs. To make things worse, as a consultant with Belle Vue hospital, Pandey had been allotted a chamber at the OPD. On his Facebook profile, Pandey claims to have obtained his degree from one Xinjiang Medical University.
“Once I took my daughter to Dr Pandey at Belle Vue for some rashes on her skin. He had prescribed certain allopathic drugs but after initial results, the problem resurfaced. When we went to him again, he suggested we meet at a different clinic. We were charged Rs 600 for a single sitting,” said Neeta Tankha, mother of one of Pandey’s patients.
The search for such fake doctors began last month when the state CID stumbled upon two such medical practitioners in north Bengal. Subsequently, they arrested Khusinath Haldar and Kaiser Alam from two separate government run health centres. While Halder was employed in Madarihat block primary health centre in Alipurduar, Alam belonged to the Chopra block primary health centre in North Dinajpur.
Infact, Alam had even served as the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of Kolkata’s Ruby General Hospital, one of the city’s largest private medical facilities. According to CID, around 500 such dubious medical practitioners are under the scanner from across the state.
In the wake of this development, the state medical council has appealed to citizens to remain alert and raise an alarm if they suspect any foul play. “I appeal to all to register complaints on our portal. If the complaint is found genuine, we will get an FIR lodged,” said West Bengal Medical Council president and TMC lawmaker Nirmal Maji.