Cut practice law: No ACB investigation against accused doctor

Under the new proposed ‘cut practice law’ the accused doctor will not be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). The committee which has been founded to form a law has agreed to the doctor’s demand. But, the state is yet to take a final decision on the demand to lower the punishment from existing 5 years to 1 year in the proposed law

Cut practice law: No ACB investigation against accused doctor

  • The accused doctor will not be investigated by the anti-corruption bureau.
  • If the investigation committee’s prima-facie finds the truth in the allegation then, the local police will conduct the investigation.
  • The high power committee which was constituted by Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan to form a ‘cut practice law’ in Maharashtra has accepted the doctor’s demand, not to investigate the accused doctor from the ACB.

The committee under the chairmanship of Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan met in Mumbai today. Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of Medical Education and Research, and Dr Shivkumar Utture, President, Maharashtra Medical Council were also present at the meeting.

Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of Medical Education and Research, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “The committee has accepted the demand of not conducting the investigation by the anti-corruption bureau. But, their demand to lower the sentence from 5 years to 1 year is still being deliberated upon. We have asked various doctors council to put forth their demands in written within 4 days. The committee will take a final decision after discussing the demands.”

One of the members of the committee, on the condition of anonymity briefed My Medical Mantra about the demands.

Doctors demand

  • No ACB investigation. (demand accepted)
  • Committee will investigate the accused doctor first
  • One member of the Maharashtra Medical council will be there on the committee
  • If prima facie allegation found to be true then investigation will be handed over to local police
  • Doctors name will not be disclosed until the allegation are found to be true.

To crack down on the doctors who indulge in cut commission practice the Maharashtra government had decided to form a ‘cut practice law’. After finalising the draft the high power committee will submit it to the state government. Earlier the state had sent the draft to law and judiciary department.