DUBAI, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- Qatar''s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has
blacklisted four hospitals in Kerala for issuing fake employment certificates to
health care practitioners seeking a licence to practice in the country, Press
Trust of India (PTI) said citing a newspaper report.
According to the report, investigations conducted by the Permanent Licensing
Committee (PLC) at SCH have confirmed that these facilities had been issuing
fake or misleading experience certificates to several physicians, nurses and
other health professionals seeking jobs in Qatar.
The blacklisted hospitals are Sree Venkateswara in Alappuzha, Elite Hospital
in Chingavanam, St Augustine Hospital in Ramapuram Bazar in Kottayam and Janatha
Hosiptal in Thekkumbhagam.
A senior official of the Medical Licensing Department (MLD) at SCH told ''The
Peninsula'' that these facilities would be blacklisted in other GCC countries as
well since the SCH has already passed over the information to health authorities
in these countries.
This move was in line with a GCC Ministerial decision taken in 1983
regarding exchange of information related to health practitioners.
"We have also informed the International Association of Medical Regulatory
Authorities (IAMRA) based in the United States about our decision so that they
can take appropriate action," MLD director Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanj was quoted
as saying by the paper.
According to the report, the SCH will no longer accept certificates issued
by these facilities.
Applications from health professionals seeking a SCH licence using
experience certificates provided by these hospitals will be rejected and such
applicants would be blacklisted not only in Qatar but in other GCC countries
Al Khanji said the PLC had launched an investigation, following suspicions
about the reliability of the experience certificates issued by these hospitals.
MLD has tied up with an international agency for scrutinising the
credentials of private health care professionals seeking a licence to practice