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Doctors ask media to help in quackery clampdown

By Staff Reporter

The journalists union on Wednesday pledged to cooperate with the medical association to highlight the dangers of quackery.

The discussion focused on two issues: people who present themselves as doctors who are not, and those who carry out treatments using non-approved medical devices. They did not specify what those were.

The medical association said it was due to meet the broadcasting authority shortly to discuss the role of the media in reporting on various therapies outside of orthodox medical practice. It would also be contacting the police with a number of different cases of people “cheating patients”.

The journalists union said in an announcement that it would make recommendations to media representatives to be ultra cautious when reporting on medical topics, and to seek advice from official medical channels on the validity of the information they are being presented with from others.

“Misinformation to patients and exploiting the pain of our fellow human beings for financial gain is immoral, dishonest  and dangerous,” the joint announcement said.

The Pancyprian Medical Association recommends that people who are deceived by charlatans not hesitate to contact them.

Patients should always choose a registered legal practitioner for any medical intervention or care that they need, it added.

The medical association has in the past filed several complaints with police targeting some practitioners of alternative therapy.

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