SrinagarDoctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that private practice by doctors is the root cause of deterioration of tertiary care hospitals.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued here said that the menace of private practice has eaten away our premier institutions and has buried the very purpose of research and teaching in these centres.
These referral hospitals have been created to set new and advanced standards of patient care and find new cures for diseases. Patient care and medical education are worst hit and quality research which is critical for teaching hospitals is a distant dream because of the bug of private practice, he said.
DAK President said that it is round the clock presence of faculty in tertiary care hospitals that ensures quality and efficient patient care. There is a huge responsibility of faculty of training hospitals to produce good doctors and discover new treatment for previously fatal and debilitating conditions.
He said that be it GB Pant mess or stark untidiness inside Lal Ded maternity hospital, private practice is responsible. It was shocking to learn that during previous regimen health department in connivance with some senior doctors has approached Supreme Court to lift the ban on private practice which was imposed by state high court in a public interest litigation on November 18, 2011.
It is unfortunate that some elements for their personal gains are justifying private practice and misleading people. Private practice is responsible for infighting and lobbyism among doctors which has eroded these teaching institutions, he said.
The majority of doctors working in teaching hospitals are for blanket ban of private practice as this dual practice is uncomfortable for them as well as patients. But as of now the private practice mafia is so strong that it seems that government has virtually surrendered before them, he added.
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