Jammu based social activist laments inaction on private practice by Govt. docs

Jammu: A Jammu based social activist Sukesh C. Khajuria on Wednesday lamented that no action has yet been taken by the government on his complaint on van on private practice by government doctors even after passage of one month.

In a statement issued here, Khajuria said that he had written on December 12, 2022 to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha requesting him to enforce the Govt instructions against doing private practice by on the issue of private practice by Head of the departments of Govt Medical College and Govt Dental College and all Govt doctors during office hour but no action in this matter has been taken so far.

The Government order no. 43-HME of 2013 dated January 17, 2013 by the J&K government states that “in the interest of administration and patient – care, it is hereby ordered that the Heads of the Departments in Govt. Medical colleges and associated hospitals and Govt. Dental colleges of the state shall not indulge in private practice henceforth”.

Khajuria said that it is surprising that in spite of the Govt. order all the HOD’s are still practicing at the cost of the health of the general public and the administrative department is keeping a blind eye to it for reasons best known to the people at the helm of affairs.

He had sought intervention from the LG to end this unethical conduct of Doctors which is violative of service conduct rules.

He lamented that “while the government had been upgrading the infrastructure and medical equipment to address health issues of the people, doctors in the government run hospitals and dispensaries are indulging in private practice during their duty hours depriving the common masses of their services”.

“It is despite the fact that time and again, the government comes out with directives banning private practice by government doctors but sadly it is not adhered to and most of the senior health officials try to ignore it or turn a blind eye towards the ground realities,” he added.

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