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Keep off private practice, UP govt doctors warned

Uttar Pradesh government has warned government doctors against indulging in private practice after a health department probe revealed that many of them had not conducted any major surgery in government hospitals for the past five years.

lucknow Updated: Apr 29, 2012 23:32 IST
HT Correspondent

Uttar Pradesh government has warned government doctors against indulging in private practice after a health department probe revealed that many of them had not conducted any major surgery in government hospitals for the past five years.

The probe was conducted by a team of doctors that was despatched by the department to all districts on Tuesday to take stock of the health services in the state.

The team found that government doctors mostly remain absent from the place of their postings and clandestinely provide their services to private hospitals.

“Around 800 government doctors deputed at district hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres are not reporting at hospitals and are indulging in private practice,” state health minister Ahmed Hasan said. Notices have been issued to erring surgeons, the minister said.

Hasan said action will also be taken against nursing homes and private hospitals that hire government doctors to perform surgeries. “Often, hapless patients are lured to private hospitals where doctors fleece them,” he said.

To curb the problem, the health and family welfare department is developing software that will allow hospitals to record and track the attendance of doctors. The report also highlighted rampant corruption in hospitals, non-availability of medicines and faulty instruments.

“The report was shocking,” Hasan said. “In a majority of the hospitals, sub-standard drugs were being distributed among patients.”