‘Diabetologists’ Cheating ‘Sugar Patients’ In Hyderabad

Officials Say No Institution Is Awarding A Specialized Degree In
Diabetes Treatment. Increasing cases of diabetes in Hyderabad over
the years has seen the mushrooming of doctors claiming to be
‘diabetologists’, which the AP Medical Council says is nothing
short of cheating citizens.

Around 600 MBBS graduates are portraying themselves as
diabetologists in the state in blatant violation of the Medical
Council of India (MCI) regulations, officials said.
“Diabetes is only a disease and there is no single disease-based
degree or specialty. No recognised institution is giving a
diabetology degree. Whatever doctors are displaying on their
clinics and prescription is wrong and they are cheating patients,”
said Dr E Ravindra Reddy, chairman, AP Medical Council.

Only MD (general medicine) and endocrinologists are technically
qualified to treat diabetics. Since there are only 60
endocrinologists in AP, of which 30 are practicing in Hyderabad,
it is the MDs who mostly treat diabetics. However, cashing in on
the demand are a considerable number of MBBS graduates who claim
to have done a diploma in diabetes, which is not recognized by
MCI.

“People mistake them for physicians. I had so many patients coming
to me for consultation and saying they had been going to a
‘diabetologist’. I found so many fallacies in their treatment,”
said Dr Aftab Ahmed, physician, Apollo Hospital, Secunderabad. He
added that ‘diabetologist’ are not competent enough to understand
the complications of the chronic disease that killed a staggering
10 lakh Indians last year.

The medical council has taken cognizance of this bogus and
lucrative practice and said ‘diabetologists’ would have to pay a
hefty penalty if they don’t mend their ways. In fact, the AP
Medical Council ordered two such doctors practicing in Nizamabad
and Karimnagar to remove the boards which proclaim them as
specialists in diabetes. The doctors had feigned ignorance of the
regulations. “The offence is punishable and the doctors can be
sued,” Ravindra Reddy said.

Dr Dayakar Reddy, founder trustee, Right to Health, NGO, said
there are several such centres operational in the twin cities,
including the plush areas of the city. “There is a diabetology
centre in Jubilee Hills that claimsitisof internationalstandards.
It is running the show with MBBS doctors. People are not aware of
these kinds of illegal practices,” he said. “Patients should
realize that it is important to know the doctor’s credentials,”
Reddy added.

Dr P V Rao, head, endocrinology, Nims, said that since diabetes is
not a difficult disease to treat and its medicines are not as
harmful or toxic as cancer drugs, MBBS doctors seem to get away
without any problems most of the times. #KhabarLive