Around 25,000 private medical practitioners in Mumbai have been asked by DMER (Directorate of Medical Education and Research) to report to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients or face disciplinary action, which can also include revocation of license of practice. The notification, which was issued by DMER head Dr LP Lahane on Tuesday, was forwarded to all private medical practitioners in the maximum city.
As per the notification, the private doctors must report to COVID-19 hospitals with immediate effect. The notification read, “Your expert services are required for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 patients, at least for 15 days. You shall, therefore, convey your willingness and place of choice where you would like to render your services.”
While speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Dr Lahane said, “The doctors will be permanently suspended for breaching the Medical Council of India code of ethics if they refuse to work in this emergency pandemic situation.” Dr Lahane added, “We will provide all protective gears to the doctors and they will be paid for working in emergency.”
Dr Lahane also told Mumbai Mirror that the decision was taken after consulting Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and officials from health department.