Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has temporarily suspended Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar, a pathologist working in Delhi. Dr. Bhatnagar admitted his nexus with around 25 labs in the city. On investigation, DMC discovered he visited only the select few labs that were close to his house. For the far away labs, he only used to see the slides via the internet and issued reports telephonically.
The order was issued earlier this month after the doctor admitted that he was associated with 20 to 25 labs in the city, which initially raised suspicion against him. It also exposed the lax attitude towards patients by way of poor diagnosis which affected the health of patients. The DMC termed the practice unethical, unprofessional and found Dr. Bhatnagar guilty of professional misconduct.
The disciplinary committee of Delhi Medical Council, ordered that Dr. Bhatnagars registration number be removed for two months and asked to refrain from unethical practices in future.
Defending himself, Dr.Bhatnagar claimed to have registered FIRs against some of the labs for using his name illegally without his consent.
The DMC asked Dr.Bhatnagar to furnish those FIRs and provide the complete list of the labs, clinics and NGOs he was associated with. He was also asked to produce the copy of the payment receipts and agreements between him and the labs he was associated with, besides the salary details that he received from Saraswati Medical College, where he is presently working.
Despite all directions, Dr.Bhatnagar failed to submit any of the documents and this strengthens the case against him, said Dr. Girish Tyagi, the Council Secretary of DMC. He added that a copy of the DMC order was being forwarded to the Medical Council of India for necessary action.