Minister proposes five yr jail term for quacks

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The Health Minister has decided to introduce a new law which provides for a five year jail term for quacks, officials said yesterday.
 
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena he had a discussion with his officials regarding quacks who practised in the country posing a threat to patients seeking treatment from them. It is estimated that there are about 50,000 such quacks in the country.
 
A ministry official told the Daily Mirror that the minister had instructed his officials to draft a new law to be placed before Parliament very soon. According to the official, the punishment for such illegal medical practitioners is very mild, and the minister had felt that stern action should be taken against them in future.
 
The minister had reckoned that at least a five-year jail term should be introduced for such offences. The official said that there were instances when quacks even administered injections to patients. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • azath Tuesday, 07 February 2012 02:17 AM

    it should be more than that because they play with lives of people.

    Miles Tuesday, 07 February 2012 02:43 AM

    Before we say this is a good move, first of all how do the minister measure one is a quack. If they are trying to crack down Gume inna Vedas who gives trea herbs for healing, then this is a commercial/political move to promote deadly poisonous pharmaceutical drugs that brings a large revenue to those drug dealers in the country probably their own friends. If the minister is considering those black magic healers as quacks who say that their manthare and the guliya will cure the disease, then it is not a bad move.

    Brian Monday, 06 February 2012 02:32 AM

    Good move. Please make it into action.

    DEED Monday, 06 February 2012 11:40 AM

    I am very sure Health Ministry will identify those practicing Medicine without passing ACT 16 also as QUACKS

    Roy Rogers Monday, 06 February 2012 04:07 AM

    Good decision, there were people lost lives due to these quacks . there are so many quacks in our country and they should be severely dealt with.

    Dalu Banda Monday, 06 February 2012 04:20 AM

    I presume that may be the Minister do not speak good English but my view is that he is one of the best preforming Minister in the cabinet doing good and honest service to the nation.

    Rohana Yasaratna Monday, 06 February 2012 04:27 AM

    I am very pleased to hear that the Health Minister taking action against the quacks medical practitioners. Next step should be taking action is to close some of the pharmacists who take a crash course for six months and open pharmacies all over the country and giving wrong medications. Luckly I carry my BNF with me all the time.

    Rohana Yasaratna Monday, 06 February 2012 05:43 AM

    Nearly two people died taking medicationn in my home town Rammutugala because they were not capable of reading the prescription properly.

    Jay Monday, 06 February 2012 05:51 AM

    A very good move eventhoguh it is late


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