by MOHAMMED IQBAL
DOHA: The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has blacklisted four hospitals in the southern Indian state of Kerala for issuing fake employment certificates to health care practitioners seeking a licence to practice in Qatar.
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, a senior official of the Medical Licensing Department (MLD) at SCH told this newspaper yesterday.
The SCH has announced its decision blacklisting the hospitals through its website. 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 US about our decision so that they can take appropriate action,” MLD director Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanj told The Peninsula.
The blacklisted hospitals are: Sree Venkateswara Hospital based in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, Elite Hospital in Chingavanam, St Augustine Hospital in Ramapuram Bazar in Kottayam district and Janatha Hosiptal in Thekkumbhagam.
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 also.
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 a international agency for scrutinising the credentials of private health care professionals seeking a licence to practice in Qatar.