Private hospitals in Kashmir run by government doctors

Srinagar, June 26: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday said private hospitals in Kashmir valley are being run by government doctors.
“Doctors take salary from public hospitals and surprisingly work in private hospitals,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.
“It is ironical that full-time government doctors are allowed to run private hospitals depriving poor and underprivileged of essential health care,” he said.
Dr Nisar said doctors concentrate their attention and work effort on private practice at the expense of public hospitals.
They use public hospitals as recruiting grounds for their private practice and orchestrate scenarios to generate business for their clinics.
“The dual practice creates a pervasive incentive for doctors to increase waiting times at government hospitals so that patients are forced to go to private clinics,” he said.
Dr Nisar said patients in government hospitals are left to the mercy of trainees who find it difficult to handle complicated cases.
“Patients die of misdiagnosis or delayed intervention due of non-availability of senior doctors who most of the times are in their clinics,” he added.
Dr Nisar said allowing private practice is against the regulations of MCI that are mandatory by virtue of law adding that various committees from time to time have called for ban on private practice of doctors.
“Even the courts have observed that the academic character of health institutions gets damaged and the profession of health care gets affected by dual practice of doctors,” he said.
Dr Nisar said the previous attempts to ban private practice of doctors have been stalled by a strong lobby and they have misled regimens on the issue.
“The rulers of health care should draw a line between private and public health sector and doctors should choose one sector as they cannot work on both sides of the divide,” he said.

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