Impose blanket ban on private practice of doctors: Balvinder

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 29: Balvinder Singh, social activist urged the UT Administration to immediately impose blanket ban on the private practice of doctors of Government Medical Colleges for improving standards of medical education.
“Half a century back, the institutions like AIIMS (Delhi), PGI (Chandigarh) and JIPMER Pondicherry came up. The founding fathers of these institutions firmly laid the foundations of these institutions and these institutions are still shinning like pole stars in the respective regions of India by maintaining the highest levels of academics and excellent patient care. Not allowing private practice to faculty was the basic reason for preventing the collapse of the academic and medicare standards of these institutions”, he stated while addressing a press conference here today.
He was accompanied by other Civil Society members Sharanjit Singh, Mahesh Kotwal and Iqbal Singh.
Singh said Medical Colleges (GMCJ, GMCS and JVMC) in the main cities of Jammu and Srinagar came up, but the maximum standards of academics and medicare could not cross above a certain level and then declined fast again due to private practice by the faculty.
Balvinder said that some of the benefits of banning private practice are that the standard of Medical Colleges will be enhanced, patients care and availability of consultant of faculty at emergency and hospital will be ensured as and when needed, conflict of interest in diverting patients to private clinics of faculty from OPDs and wards will stop, deliberate long dates for operative procedure so that patients are left with no option other than to approach faculty for early operation in their private nursing homes will stop, standard of education to budding doctors will be enhanced, quality of performance and patient care will be enhanced and will provide ample opportunity to the new and young doctors to establish in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.