DAK seeks ban on pvt practice of Govt docs

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Srinagar:  Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday demanded blanket ban on private practice by government doctors particularly those posted in teaching hospitals.

In a statement President DAK Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that private practice has eroded health institutions and is the root cause of healthcare mess.

There is no provision for private practice of doctors working in teaching hospitals as they have a huge responsibility of patient care, medical education and research.

The greatest casualty of private practice is “patient care”.

If a doctor entertains huge number of patients in morning and evening at his/her private clinic, with tired mind what justice he can deliver to patients at hospitals.

These private patients ultimately land up in government hospitals for procedures and surgeries which are prioritized at the cost of poor patients.

Some elements in order to allow private practice come up with excuses of overloaded hospitals which is a created one so that patients are forced to go to private clinics.

The Legislative Assembly Committee constituted in 2012 to examine increase in deaths in hospitals suggested imposition of ban on private practice by government doctors.

The commission which was set up in 2012 to inquire GB Pant deaths also called for complete ban on private practice of all doctors of teaching hospitals.

Private practice of government doctors was banned by state high court in a  public interest litigation on November 18, 2011.

Private practice has hollowed our health institutions which not only are crucial life saving assets but also full time centers for medical education and research.

Private practice is the biggest obstacle in growth of private health sector and blocks employment avenues to young and fresh minds.

The dual practice of government doctors is an uncomfortable situation for them as well as for society at large.If government is serious about patient sufferings and wants to revive health sector in state it should immediately impose blanket ban on private practice of government doctors.

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