Physio in limelight turns out to be a ‘quack’

Mail Today, Feb 8th - Jatin Chaudhry, the man who announced to media on Sunday that cricketer Yuvraj Is Yuvraj Singh's doctor a quack?Singh is battling with cancer, is himself in trouble. He doesn’t hold any recognised degree in medicine, physiotherapy or any branch of Indian systems of medicine, according to the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) records.

He was under the scanner of the medical regulatory body in June 2009 following a complaint by a patient that a self-styled doctor was practicing allopathic medicine in Haqeeqat Nagar near Kingsway Camp. The council asked the Chief District Medical Officer to raid Chaudhry's clinic and file a report.

Subsequently, he was summoned to appear before the council along with all his medical certificates.

Instead, Chaudhry sent a letter through his lawyer stating that he was a physiotherapist to several sports stars including Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza and, therefore, had no time to appear in person, recalled Dr Anil Bansal, Chairman of DMC’s anti-quackery cell.

Along with the letter, he attached copies of two of his 'medical' degrees. One of them was issued by a body called the 'Indian Board of Alternative Medicine' and was dated February 6, 2007.

The second one dated September 2, 2009, was issued by the Kerala-based All India Association of Physiotherapists. "Both are not medical degrees and do not allow anyone to use prefix Dr, which he has been doing," said Bansal.

Chaudhry's website claims he is a PhD in sports medicine from New Age International University, Italy, besides being 'Masters in Physiotherapy' (no institute mentioned) and a 'practitioner of acupuncture'. The services being offered include infectious diseases, cardiovascular, gynaecological and neurological disorders.

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The health ministry in 2003 had clarified, following a High Court directive, that no alternative systems of medicine other than Indian systems (Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy and Siddha) are recognised in the country and nobody practicing alternative systems can be called a 'doctor'. Chaudhry's physiotherapy certificate - obtained months after compliant against him was filed in June 2009 - is also not from a recognised body.

For practicing physiotherapy in Delhi, one needs to be registered with the Delhi Physiotherapy Council (DPC). DMC on its own cannot proceed against Chaudhary as he wasn't caught practicing allopathic medicine. "The council, in its final order, referred the matter to the health department of the Delhi government and the DPC for taking suitable action. The DPC informed us that he was not registered even with them,” said DMC secretary Girish Tyagi.

Despite repeated calls, Chaudhry could not be reached. An assistant at his clinic said: "He is not in Delhi."