Ban on private practice no solution: DAK


Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that blanket ban on private practice of Government doctors will not serve any purpose but in turn it will burden the already over burdened government sector and deprive people of specialized health care at their door steps.

Spokesperson of the Association Dr Mir Mushtaq said that those people who are sermonizing others to stop private practice are ‘shamelessly’ indulging in private practice themselves, thereby contradicting their own stand and misleading the public. “They have no right to speak on policy matters as they have not been elected by the majority community of doctors. For Gods sake do ask the person who calls himself the president of Doctors Association of Kashmir, who has elected him and why he is reluctant to face the Doctors community and issue press statements from his cosy office,” spokesperson said.

“We fail to understand what this person wants to prove. All the doctors across Kashmir Valley are sincere and want an improvement in the health sector. Don’t we belong to Kashmir? There are hundreds of doctors who are jobless and are leaving the state for employment to other parts of the world leading to brain drain. Doctors are being made to work on meagre salaries and provided jobs on contract basis and on top of that some people are advocating blanket ban on private practice, thus depriving these doctors to earn in their free time which is pure injustice with them. Doctors provide health care to people at very cheap and affordable rates in valley as compared to other parts of India,” the spokesperson said.

DAK spokesperson said that the blanket ban on private practice will also take away the right of choice of a patient for treatment by a doctor of their choice which is against the fundamental right. “There are many people who don’t want to stand in long queues and waste their precious and productive time for seeking medical consultation.  “Private consultation, is not something which is being  thrust on patient but it is purely the choice made by people themselves. The only reason the patient go to the private sector is that the hospitals are over burdened and because of that the people don’t get a satisfactory treatment,” DAK spokesperson said adding that It is pertinent to mention here that Govt in past had issued similar orders but had to retreat as it did not serve any purpose. 

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