Why ban private practice ?

Instead act sternly against the doctors who attend their clinics during duty hours

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JAVAID MALIK

Government is all set to impose a blanket ban on the private practice of doctors working in various hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir. Policymakers believe that an end to private practice would streamline the health sector as doctors would dedicate their fulltime to the job.
To impose a ban on the private practice of medicos or not has generated lot of debate. The opinion over the issue remains divided.
People who are opposing the ban have a reason to do so. They believe that to locate doctors in the government run hospitals is the most difficult task, while as they are easily available at their clinics.  Many people feel that when they approach a doctor at his private clinic the medico ensures that he takes full care of his patient.
Several controversies have marred the health sector in Jammu and Kashmir during the recent past. The spurious drug scam which surfaced recently has shattered the faith of people. Mushroom growth of clinical laboratories and doctors asking their patients to undergo expensive tests before prescribing any medicine has made the treatment an expensive affair. 
It seems people who are at the helm want to divert the attention from the real issues by making private practice of doctors an issue. It is not fair to blame doctors for the controversies which have surrounded the health sector. One wonders what the private practice of doctors has got to do with the falling standards of healthcare in the state.
Government instead of imposing a blanket ban should act sternly against such medicos who attend their clinics during duty hours. Just indulging in mere rhetoric is not going to help anyone’s cause. One needs to ask the health ministers, as our state has two of them, that how many doctors till date have been punished  for attending their clinics during duty hours?
Since the day government has tightened the noose around doctors indulging in private practice many of them have opened secret chambers to see patients, while a few of the retired doctors are making hay while sun is shining. A patient has to wait for nearly a month to seek an appointment with a physician. A few retired doctors have become stars overnight. Their assistants ask patients to wait if they can or look for some other option. Government harping on imposing a ban on private practice has made doctors inaccessible.
The much hyped evening clinics started by the government at a few selected nursing homes too have drawn flak. People firmly believe that choosing a doctor should be their discretion rather than the doctor being imposed on them that too after paying the fees.
When a person usually visits the hospital he is unaware about which doctor is treating him. Usually groups of doctors remain available in Emergency Wards and Out Patient Departments and they are reluctant to disclose their identity. It is the right of the every patient to know his doctor. Government by imposing a ban on private practice of doctors would deprive the patients of this important right and would add to their woes as finding a good doctor would become a quest. (Feedback malikjavaid123@gmail.com)


Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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