The fear of losing a major source of income coming from private practice has started haunting the King George's Medical University (KGMU) faculty.
This was evident at several meetings recently convened at KGMU, where a number of suggestions poured in from a gathering of at least 150 faculty members on the issue.
This was for the first time that such a voluntary gathering of doctors took place. The first meeting was called at Browne Hall on Wednesday where the vice-chancellor took suggestions from different faculty members.
All faculty members were asked to give their suggestions regarding private practice, which were noted by the vice-chancellor.
The second meeting was held with the legal cell and the third with a few selected teachers on Thursday evening.
The KGMU authorities have recently been asked to initiate action against the teachers involved in private practice. Also a report about the action taken has to be submitted to the court on February 13, which is the next date for hearing.
KGMU vice-chancellor had earlier issued circulars on the campus banning private practice of any kind but this has not worked effectively on the KGMU doctors.
Even as the court directed to take action, KGMU authorities are waiting for a formal complaint. The problem is with the approach towards private practice. The university wants to ensure that private practice is not done by the doctors only during working hours between 9 am to 4 pm and says the rest is a work of policing.