Some elements misleading people on private practice: DAK

Private practice against public interest

Srinagar, May 18: (GNS) Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that some elements are misleading people on private practice of government doctors particularly in teaching hospitals.

President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued to GNS said that some vested interests are creating confusion among general masses on ban of private practice of doctors in tertiary care hospitals.

“Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and other teaching hospitals are meant to provide highest standards of patient care,excellent medical education and quality research. There is no choice of private practice of doctors from the very inception of these teaching hospitals”, he said.

It is dogma of the modern health care that health care giver must be available all the time to the patients.Doctors of SKIMS and other teaching hospitals have to be available full time for patients for whom they are highest paid lot in public sector of state, he said.

“Patients in premier hospitals because of private practice are left to the mercy of trainees during emergency hours when the services of senior doctors are needed most. Some elements have come with different excuses like overloaded hospitals, brain drain, de-recognition to justify their illegal practices”, he said.

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These elements who are involved in illegal private practice misuse the facilities of premier hospitals for their private patients at the cost of those who have no resources to attend private clinics, he said.

Even if some doctors prefer to leave academic institutions to commercially oriented private sector, it will pave way for young and fresh minds and end stagnation. There is no dearth of super-specialists and many doctors with DM/MCH who are trained in best centers are keen to work full time in academic institutions, he said.

Majority of doctors working in teaching hospitals are for blanket ban of private practice as this dual practice is uncomfortable situation for them as well as for patients. The menace of private practice has eaten away our premier institutions and has buried the very purpose of these centers which was public interest, he added. 

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