Japan to Punish 95 Psychiatrists for Illegally Obtaining Licenses – Many of the psychiatrists include heads of hospital psychiatric departments and owners of clinics
Ministry to punish 95 doctors over illicit acquisition of designated psychiatrist’s licenses
December 31, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)
Executives of St. Marianna University School of Medicine Hospital bow in apology during a news conference in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on April 15. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is expected to punish 95 doctors for illicitly obtaining and helping others obtain specially designated psychiatrist’s licenses, and temporarily suspend most of them from practicing medicine in a move that could adversely affect regional health services.
Eighty-nine of the doctors had their specially designated psychiatrist’s licenses revoked in 2016, while six others gave up their licenses before they were revoked.
The ministry has initiated a process to hear the doctors’ arguments, and in March next year it will seek an opinion from the Medical Ethics Council on what action to take against them. It is expected the doctors will be suspended from medical practice for one to two months.
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