Govt bans 5 docs from pvt practice

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Aug 11: The Health and Medical Education Department (H&ME) today ordered an inquiry into the referral of patients by some doctors from Government Hospitals to private Hospitals for availing treatment and benefits under various Central schemes.
The order issued by the Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Department M K Diwedi accorded sanction to constitute a committee of health officials for the in-depth inquiry.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a Committee comprising of the Officers/officials to conduct an in-depth enquiry into the issue related to referral of patients by the accused doctors, from Public Hospitals to Private Hospitals for availing treatment/benefits under AB-PMJAY, & SEHAT Schemes,” read the order.
Choudhary Mohammad Yasin, Mission Director National Health Mission, J&K will be chairman of the enquiry committee, Shakoor Ahmad Dar Deputy Secretary H&ME Department and Farooq Ahmad Thoker, Assistant Accounts Officer, H&ME Department will be the members.
“The Committee shall submit its report to the Administrative Department, with concrete recommendations, remedial measures to curb such type of incidents in future,” read the order.
The Committee shall also suggest measures for better implementation and monitoring of the Schemes on monthly basis.
Meanwhile, Health and Medical Education Department in another order said that pending enquiry into the allegations, regarding the issue related to the referral of patients from Government Hospitals to Private Hospitals for availing treatment, benefits under AB-PMJAY & SEHAT Schemes, by the Committee constituted vide Government order No 610-JK(HME) of 2022 dated 11.08.2022, five doctors have been banned from doing any private practice with immediate effect.
They are Dr. Tufail Ahmad Lone, Dr. Noorudin Shah, Dr. Mudasir Shahdar, Dr. Farooq Ahmad and Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad Parrah. Their present place of postings are SDH Pattan, PCR Srinagar, SDH Magam, SDH Tangmarg and PHC Hajin respectively.
There are allegations against these doctors for referring patients to private hospitals for monetary benefits.
Sources said that this practice is going on in large numbers of hospitals across J&K. “The need is to conduct inquiry against such doctors who are involved in the malpractices,” they said.