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The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) will suspend more 40 super-specialist doctors license to practice as they have failed to produce original certificates and clarify discrepancies in their mark-sheets. These doctors belong to the 2015 batch of postgraduates from the College of Physicians (CPS). Few doctors did not even fill the examination forms and were declared failed and have still managed to get fake certificates.
As per the MMC sources, few of the doctors have already confessed of paying for fake certificates. Mumbai Mirror had reported first the CPS fake certificates scam in 2016. CPS awards diploma and fellowship courses to different medical institutes across the state and was established in 1912 for deserving doctors who aspired for PG medical qualification.
The MMC had detected the scam which involved 78 students with fake PG certificates but were working as specialists in various hospitals. Subsequentlywith verification and confessions, more than 70 doctors have lost their registrations for a year. These doctors allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to get these fake certificates. The Agripada police had filed a chargesheet against 58 doctors last year and also against a main accused, SnehalNyati. The police had arrested paediatricianNyati, whose name figured among those who apparently helped the doctors to obtain these certificates. Nyatis registration to practice medicine was cancelled in March 2019.
Some students used serial numbers of valid students to get the certificates. The fonts and font size used in the fake certificate were different from the original issued by CPS. Also, the signatures in the two certificates didnt match.
Medical Council of India derecognized the 36 diplomas presented by CPS in 2018. The MMC considers that these cases could be the tip of the iceberg. After many allegations and questions raised in the state assembly, the government have appointed a committee headed by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) official Prakash Wakode.
Mumbai Mirror has published a report of this committee on which government is doing nothing. The MMC is digging into records of earlier batches. So far 2015, 2016 and 2017 batches have been investigated and approximately 130 students have been found to have false certificates.