Medical Profession White collar crimes which are commonly committed by persons belonging to medical profession include issuance of false medical certificate, helping illegal abortions, secret service to dacoits by giving expert opinion leading to their acquittal and selling sample-drugs and medicines to patients or chemists. Dilatory tactics adopted by the members of this profession in treatment of their patients with a view to extracting huge sums from them has become an accepted norm, particularly with those medical men who do not have a good practice or have only a marginal earning.
Scenario in Government service The persons employed in essential services of the government or other undertaking are often confronted with the problem of getting leave du to shortage of staff. They, therefore, produce medical certificate regarding their false sickness and produce it to the department to justify their absence from duty. In return they have to pay certain amount to concerned medical staff. Thus, though a white collar crime, this tactics has proved a boon and a workable alternative to employees who have difficulty in obtaining leave from the employers. In Bangladesh it is open secret to all that we can take fake Medical illness certificate only spending very small amount of money. Just, you have to Government Hospital and talk with a staff , give him some money and he will manage it by any way.
Advertising in Medical Profession Fake and misleading advertising is yet another area in which the white collar criminal operate. They make illegally and misleading claims of medical cure though advertisements in newspapers, magazines, radio and television thus adding human misery. Many patent medicines are not only worthless but harmful too. Similar advertisements for cosmetics and adulterated food are also widespread in practice which are injurious to public health. These persons may not break the letter of law but , by violating its sprit, they commit crimes which are not only antisocial, but also injurious to public health. In Bangladesh it is a very simple event. Most of our food are adulterate by sellers or distributors. But our government is not taking more initiative to control it. But we are the ordinary people eating food which has been adulterate. This is a very strong white collar crime which converted to be as crime.
Md. Shahnewaz Zwaki Advocate Judge Court, Dhaka, Bangladesh.