Unregistered Medical Practitioners to be jailed, fined for performing eye surgery; Sindh Governor promulgates Ordinance

Karachi: Sindh Governor has promulgated an ordinance providing for punishment including jail term and fine for the unregistered medical practitioners performing eye surgery with or without consent of the patient.

The ordinance called ‘Sindh Eye Surgery (Restriction) Ordinance 2013’ envisages that ‘any person, not being a registered medical practitioner, who performs eye surgery upon another, whether with or without the latter’s consent, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, and with fine which may extend to Rs.500, 000/-.

The term of imprisonment may extend to three years if the offence results in partial blindness, and may extend to seven years if the offence results in complete blindness, Ordinance says.

It further envisages that any person not being a registered medical practitioner, who practices or holds himself out, whether directly or by implication, as practicing or being prepared to practice, eye surgery, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and with fine which may extend to Rs.50, 000/-.

The offence shall be a cognizable offence under Code of Criminal Procedure 1998 (Act V of 1898). The court of a First Class Magistrate is authorized to try an offence punishable under this Ordinance.

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