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Private practice: KGMU seeks govt intervention

Under pressure to check private practice (PP) by KGMU doctors, the university authorities are now seeking the state government's intervention.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 21:21 IST

Under pressure to check private practice (PP) by KGMU doctors, the university authorities are now seeking the state government's intervention.

A fresh proposal to regularise PP is in the offing. This one is formulated by the university administration.

However, the KGMU Act says the university has to take permission from the state government before adopting a new work policy for its faculty. So the new proposal is being sent to the state government for final approval.

The proposal includes both the faculty who decided to avoid PP and those who are willing to take up PP. According to sources, the amount of Non Practising Allowance (NPA) has been increased from the fixed Rs 2,200 to 33 per cent of the salary of any teacher who decides not to opt for PP.

Those who decide to take up PP will be required to share some portion of their extra income with the university. They will be required to run an 'evening clinic' at the university on the days when their emergency duty falls. The entire income of the evening clinic will go to the university, apart from the portion of the income they share from PP back at their home clinics.

The state would decide what percentage of income from PP should a doctor share with the university, as well as the fees to be charged at the evening clinics.

"At present, PP is banned for KGMU faculty. The fresh proposal will include proportionate income for both who take up PP and those who avoid it. It has been prepared after taking suggestions from the maximum faculty members and will be sent to the state soon," said the KGMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Hari Gautam.

It may be mentioned that the KGMU has been asked by the court to initiate action against the faculty members involved in PP and report the action to the court on the next date for hearing on February 13.

The KGMU is also preparing a report on the present status of PP by its faculty members. This includes the list of those taking NPA and those who do not.