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Medical and dentist board deregisters more than 2,000 medics


More than 2,000 medics have been de-registered by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board.

According to the board, the 2,063 medical practitioners and 212 dental practitioners drawn from both the public and private health sector allegedly failed to comply with Section 14 of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act.

“Notwithstanding any of the other provisions of this Act, the Board may, if it is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so, confer upon any person who is not otherwise eligible to be registered as a medical practitioner or as a dentist under the provisions of this Act, by the issue, under the signature of the Director of Medical Services, of a licence to do so, the right to render medical or dental services,” states Section 13 of the Act.

“Every such licence shall be for such period and may contain such conditions as the Director of Medical Services shall, with the consent or on the instruction of the Board, impose.”

NON-COMPLIANCE

Section 14 of the Act states:

“Registration as a medical practitioner or a dentist under this Act, or the granting of a licence under section 13, shall only entitle the person so registered or so licensed to practise medicine or dentistry or to render medical or dental services, as the case may be, in a salaried post under a Government or local government health scheme or in such salaried posts in such institutions as the Board may from time to time approve.”

Following a meeting that was held on March 29,2019, the board resolved to remove non-compliant practitioners from the register.

The public can access the list of the de-registered doctors and dentists on its website.