The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) had blacklisted 2275 doctors, 2,063 medical and 212 dental practitioners, from their register.

In an advert in the local daily, the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB) cited that the deregistered doctors have failed to apply for retention for the year 2019.

“The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board during its 120th full Board meeting resolved to remove from the register a total of 2,063 medical practitioners and 212 dental practitioners who have failed to apply for retention for the year 2019 as provided under section 14 of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act,” said MPDB boss Daniel Yumbya.

Section 14 refers to Section 13 that states: “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.”

The report said that the doctors drawn from various public and private hospitals failed to pay the annual license retention fee of Sh4, 000, prompting the board’s decision to have them de-registered.

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The blacklisted medics will be forced to re-apply afresh to the board. Doctors need to be registered with the board in order to practise medicine legally in the country.

The move is expected to curb cases of quack doctors who have been hitting the headlines in the recent times.

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