DISABLED PERSONS have the right to be served only by rehabilitation professionals, duly qualified and certified/registered with Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). Unqualified persons cannot practice as rehabilitation professionals anywhere in India, and they are not eligible to work in the government or private sector. Unqualified persons found serving the disabled persons without RCI certification can be prosecuted before the court of law under section 13(3) of RCI Act, 1992.
As per the above said order of PWD chief commissioner, if any doctor who is not trained as rehabilitation professional and is not certified as such by RCI and he/she persists in rehabilitation services/therapy, he/she would be liable for action under relevant section of MCI and under section 59 of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. When doctors cannot, how could any person practice as a rehabilitation professional?
From the above it is extremely clear that the doctors who may be qualified in their own respective fields, cannot interfere in the rehabilitation services and has to refer the disabled patients/persons to a RCI-qualified rehabilitation professional, otherwise, the doctor is liable for action/prosecution. Now, the simple question is that if medical doctors have been restrained through the above order of the court of chief commissioner for PWD and are liable to be prosecuted, how could any person who does not have any qualification, start practicing as rehabilitation professional or self styled 'expert', and mislead the disabled persons.
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