LG Bans Private Practice Of SKIMS Doctors, Paramedics

Srinagar: The Lieutenant Governor led Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday ordered a ban on private practice by the medical professionals and practitioners at the Valley’s SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here, warning ‘major penalty’ against the violators.

In an order issued on the directions of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Commissioner Secretary to the Government Manoj Kumar Dwivedi (IAS) said “In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor is hereby pleased to direct that after sub-rule(4) of rule 10 of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees Conduct Rules, 1971, the following sub-rule shall be added; namely 5 (i) (which reads) notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, no member of medical or paramedical Staff of the Sher-i Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar shall indulge in private practice in any manner,”

The order further read that in case any medical or paramedical staff is proved to have acted in breach of sub-rule, it shall amount to misconduct attracting major penalty, besides he shall be liable for criminal prosecution under the relevant provisions of law.

In pursuance of the LG’s order, Director SKIMS Dr A G Ahangar has sought absolute compliance from the SKIMS staffers.

Ahangar said the order casts legal and moral responsibility on in-service faculty and medical professionals associated with the Institute and added that any deviation or non-compliance noticed at any stage from any faculty or staff member will be responded with strict action as envisaged in the government order banning the private practice.

He expressed hope and exuded confidence that the faculty and medical staff of the Institute will uphold the established precedent of moral standards and professional responsibility befitting their reputation and professional demands.     (With KDC inputs) 

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