Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that private practice by government doctors particularly in teaching hospitals is unethical as this business of medicine takes heavy toll on patients.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that private practice by doctors in tertiary care hospitals is responsible for high mortality among patients.
During emergency hours when the services of senior doctors are needed most, patients are left to the mercy of trainees thus jeopardizing the lives of critically ill patients.
Patients in Accident and Emergency departments are seen by students who are at learning stage and majority of patients die either due to misdiagnosis or delayed intervention due to non availability of senior doctors who are busy in their private clinics.
It is the timely intervention that decides the life and death of a critically sick patient.
Patients are referred to tertiary care hospitals to receive services of faculty but they end up being seen by students.
How can a student help a patient with heart attack who comes to tertiary care for emergency angioplasty but instead receives dispensary treatment due to non availability of senior doctors and these patients either die or remain morbid for rest of their lives?
There is no provision of private practice in teaching hospitals where doctors have to be full time available as they have a huge responsibility of teaching and research besides 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.
Patients have to wait for ages for procedures and surgeries because of dual practice by doctors and they are forced to go to private clinics.
The rulers of health care should draw an uncrossable line between private and public medicine and doctors should choose one sector as they cannot work on both sides of the divide.
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