Hinting that the government may consider ban on the private practice of the doctors, Minister of State for Health, Asiya Naqash Saturday admitted that most of the doctors of SMHS remain busy in private practice which cause huge problem to the patients. The statement comes after she visited SMHS hospital and found a number of doctors absent from the Medicine block of the OPD. “At 11. 30 am, I visited SMHS hospital’s Medicine unit but I found the entire unit disturbed and almost all the doctors were absent from their duty in the OPD. When I enquired from the authorities of the hospital they said that they have no information about It.,” Asiya Naqash told KNS over phone and added that she has ordered an enquiry in it and action will be taken as per the law. She admitted that most of the doctors and HOD’s in this hospital are doing the private practices which have caused the problems to the patients. “They came late and leaver early from the hospital in order to attend their private clinics. We are considering the ban on their practices and after the ban if any doctor will be found engaged in private practice, he or she would be dismissed,” the minister warned. The Minister said measures have also been taken to ensure improvement in the health sector from state to district level. “A special committee would also be formed to monitor developments in the health sector, she added.
2015 Kashmir Despatch