There are quacks among MBBS doctors who illegally add up additional qualifications to their names without undergoing relevant courses. As per rough estimates, there are over 40,000 quacks who ‘practise’ Allopathy, Homoeopathy and Ayurveda. The Indian Medical Association has a dedicated anti-quackery squad since years but lacks teeth in successfully reprimanding under-qualified ‘MBBS quacks’ who are mostly their own members.

The Act that prescribes minimum standards of facilities and services provided by private clinics and hospitals is presently in force in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. The MBBS quacks, who make use of loopholes in medical laws, escape with minor punishments and negligible fines as low as Rs 1,000 even if they are caught.

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