Public Demands Complete Ban on Private Practice Despite Ban by LG Administration, Private Practice Rampant
Private Practice of Senior Doctors & Head of departments badly hit the Patient Care in GMC associated and other Hospitals in Kashmir Valley, Most of the Senior and HOD’s of these hospitals are doing the private practices, Run Private Hospitals due to which health Sector has become a Leading Business Hub in Kashmir Valley were Doctors are earning huge amount more than the Salary of State level officer.
Sources told that senior doctors of GMC associate and other hospitals of Kashmir Valley visit the hospital in the morning for rounds and then “disappear” leaving the burden to handle the hospital on junior doctors, mostly GMC student’s & BUMS Doctors sources claimed.
Maximum Head of Departments & other Senior Doctors of SMHS & other Hospitals spend more time in their private clinics & Hospitals instead of Government Hospitals where they are getting handsome Salaries of More than Rs 3500-4000 per day they added.
Sources said that patients visiting these hospitals during night hours also face many hardships. “Absence of senior doctors leads to many eventualities which go unreported and are passed as normal deaths,” they added.
“Hundreds of people visit the SMHS, Lal Dead and other hospitals everyday and scores are referred from various district headquarters but the fact is the Senior Doctors are never touching these patients and are always trying to Show them the door of their private Clinics & Hospitals.
Doctors for financial gain concentrate their attention and work effort on private practice at the expense of public hospitals and private clinics. They use public hospitals as recruiting grounds for practice and orchestrate scenarios to generate business for their clinics. Maximum Head of Departments from these Hospitals are Compelling Patients to Visit their Private Hospitals and Clinics where they are looting them by prescribing heavy Tests with the direction they get these tests from a particular Place.
Dual practice creates a pervasive incentive for doctors to increase waiting times in government hospitals so that patients are forced to go to private hospitals.
Sources also revealed that for gallbladder removal, patients are made to wait for more than a year. Patients are made to wait for months for simple tests like ultrasound and echocardiography only to compel them to visit their private Business establishments otherwise each and every Facility is available almost in all Government Hospitals, They spend most of their time in private clinics and are not available for patients in government hospitals.
At a government hospital, a senior doctor operates a patient once a week and the same doctor operates every day a dozen patients in his private hospital with very poor facility. Patients in government hospitals are left to the mercy of trainees who find it difficult to handle complicated cases. It is ironical that full-time government doctors are allowed to run private clinics.
There is an immediate need to impose Clear Cut Ban in all Type of Private Practices of Government Doctors in their Private Clinics and Personnel Hospitals which will help to Bring Health Sector on Right Track (CNS)
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