Govt run evening clinics abandoned for private clinics
SRINAGAR: J&K’s health department is mulling serious action against all Heads of the Department for private practice at places other than evening clinics at Kashmir Nursing Home. The nursing home has been officially designated for private practice by HoDs.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the health department has been working on a policy to check the private practice by HoDs that violates the 2013 order which banned their private practice.
“The department received many complaints against HoDs that they abandon government hospitals during working hours,” said an official privy to the development.
On Tuesday, the Department constituted a committee to implement a government order from January 17, 2013 and a 2016 circular regarding the ban on private practice of all HoDs from Government Medical Colleges, Government Dental Colleges and Associated Hospitals of the state.
Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Pawan Kotwal has been appointed as the chairman of the committee while as Director Health Services, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director AIDS Control Society, Dr Mushtaq, and Additional Secretary of the Department, Naseer Ahmad, have been appointed as members of the committee. Sources said the committee, which is meeting on Wednesday, was formed following the non-implementation of 2013 ban order.
“Very few HODs are following the order as most of them indulge in private practice during office hours as well as in evenings when they are supposed to attend patients at government designated evening clinics,” a health official said.
A senior health official told Kashmir Reader that only three HODs attend patients at Kashmir Nursing Home at Sonwar in Srinagar while at least 15 have to be present in the evening clinics to attend patients.
“Doctors who attend the evening clinics at Kashmir Nursing Home include HoD Medicine, HoD Pediatrician, and HoD Dermatology while others have completely abandoned it. Instead they go to their private clinics in violation to the government order,” he said.
After the ban order four years ago, the then Minister for Medical Education had started evening clinics to offer an alternative to HODs to earn some extra money. “The concept of evening clinics is an opportunity for doctors to earn from evening hour stays in designated hospitals. The clinics also generate revenue for the government and utilize the facilities of hospitals to the maximum,” said an official.
The plan for the doctors to work on the nursing home pattern was to generate revenue for government and doctors. However, sources said, the proposed plan had been failed as ‘drug mafia’ is running in nook and corner of the state.
“This plan would have provided an additional and affordable healthcare facility to patients. However, it has been ruined by some doctors,” said an official.
The violation by HoDs has also affected the teaching activities in the medical colleges, said an official.