Private practice hitting patient care in tertiary hospitals: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that private practice by the doctors is the root cause of deterioration of tertiary care hospitals.

In a statement issued here, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that the menace of private practice has eaten away premier institutions and has buried the very purpose of research and teaching in these centres. He said it was unfortunate that some elements for their personal gains are justifying private practice and misleading people.

“Patient care and medical education are worst hit and quality research which is critical for teaching hospitals is a distant dream because of the bug of private practice. It is round the clock presence of faculty in tertiary care hospitals that ensures quality and efficient patient care,” he said.

Dr Nisar said that there is a huge responsibility of faculty of training hospitals to produce good doctors and discover new treatment for previously fatal and debilitating conditions.

“Be it GB Pant mess or stark untidiness inside Lal Ded maternity hospital, private practice is responsible,” the DAK president said, adding “It was shocking to learn that during previous regimen health department in connivance with some senior doctors hads approached supreme court to lift the ban on private practice,”

He said that the majority of doctors working in teaching hospitals are for blanket ban of private practice as this dual practice is uncomfortable for them as well as patients.

“But as of now the private practice mafia is so strong that it seems that government has virtually surrendered before them,” Dr Nisar added.