In spite of not being medical doctor, a homeopathic consultant will be allowed to continue using the pseudonym “Dr. Preet.” In July, the Ministry of Health said it was investigating Universal Homeopathic NZ in Papatoetoe, South Auckland, owned by Raghubir Singh Rehan over concerns his nickname “Dr. Preet” could be misleading. While a graduate degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, India, is required to obtain the rank of “doctor” in New Zealand, Rehan’s degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery is only equal to a graduate degree, diploma or bachelor’s degree in New Zealand. Rehan had updated his profile to state that he was a “well-known homeopath,” but without using his full name, he always used the pseudonym “Dr. Preet.” He said there were data posters on homeopathy inside the clinic and before their appointments, patients had to sign a consent form. Knipe said he seemed to be entitled to use the honorific based on the certification he had earned in India, “so long as it is evident that he studies homeopathy and is not a practitioner.” It is unethical to say that you are a medical professional of a particular type if you are unqualified under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003, and anyone who does so can be charged or fined up to $10,000. He dismissed claims that clients might be confused about assuming that he was running a medical practice because his signs claimed that he was a homeopathic practitioner and that he was willing to clear up any confusion if requested by clients. He spoke to Medsafe to explain that he was excluded from the HPCA Act because when he set up practice in 2007, he did not prescribe drugs.