SRINAGAR, FEB 23 – Private practice by government doctors in Jammu and Kashmir is taking a heavy toll on patient care while the general public has urged admin to impose ban on this practice.
The patients alleged that doctors spend most of their time in private clinics , Hospitals and are not available for patients in government hospitals and their attention and time is directed towards their private clinics only.
Patients in government hospitals said that they are being left to the mercy of trainees who lack expertise to handle complicated cases and some patients even die of misdiagnosis or delayed intervention due to non-availability of senior doctors who most of the times are in their private clinics.
“Doctors misuse hospital facilities for their private patients at the cost of poor patients who have no resources to attend private clinics,” one of the patient added.
As per sources, Dr. Mehbooba Beigh, Dr. Tufail Ahmad Lone, Dr. Noorudin Shah, Dr. Mudasir Shahdar, Dr. Farooq Ahmad and Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad Parrah are presently posted at JVC Bemina, SDH Pattan, PCR Srinagar, SDH Magam, SDH Tangmarg and PHC Hajin respectively. However, these doctors use public hospitals as recruiting grounds for their private practice and orchestrate scenarios to generate business for their clinics.
Meanwhile, Sources said that this practice is going on in large numbers of hospitals across J&K and the need is to conduct inquiry against such doctors who are involved in the malpractices for monetary benefits and ban should be imposed strictly against these medicos.
Notably, The authorities banned five doctors, Zafarullah assistant professor (ENT) and Dr Shafaqat Ahmad Lone associate professor (ENT) of Government Medical College Baramulla from doing any private practice across Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr Junaid Khursheed of District Hospital Budgam, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Sub District Hospital (SDH) Sopore, and Dr Yawar Nisar of Super-Specialty Srinagar have been also banned from practice for violating STGs issued by the National Health Authority (NHA).
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