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Bans Private Practice Of HoDs In Medical, Dental Colleges


Srinagar, Jan 17: In a significant decision, the Jammu and Kashmir government Thursday banned private practice by all Heads of Departments in government-run medical and dental colleges including those working in the associated hospitals.
As per order no. 43-HME-2013, dated January 17, 2013, Commissioner/Secretary Health & Medical Education Department, MK Dwivedi, has directed all Heads of Departments of GMCs and GDCs of the state to abstain from private practice in the interest of patient care.
“The decision has been taken to improve the patient care at GMC associated hospitals and make senior doctors available for their respective departments. It will ensure accountability in their respective departments and the units they are heading in the hospitals,” he said.
The Commissioner said the decision was taken following the first review meeting the new Minister for Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, took after assuming charge of the department. “We have apprised the Minister about the working of the department and brought various issues concerning the department to his notice,” he said.
Terming healthcare as a critical sector, Taj Mohi-ud-Din told Greater Kashmir that his priority was to bring in more reforms in the department by infusing efficiency, transparency and qualitative change in patient care at tertiary care hospitals.
“The improvement of services in terms of patient care, medication and other facilities at hospitals is as important as strengthening basic infrastructure at these health institutions,” he said.
In 2011, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had directed the state government to ban the private practice of doctors after an NGO filed a Public Interest Litigation. However, the government remained indecisive over the issue after facing resentment from various quarters.
Later, a Legislative Assembly panel also recommended ban on private practice of doctors after the GB Pant Hospital episode in which the former administrative head of the hospital was indicted.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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