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Private Practice: It's all in the morning

The lure of private practice is making Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical Unievrsity (CSMMU) doctors wake up too early nowdays.

lucknow Updated: Oct 13, 2009 00:17 IST
HT Correspondent

The lure of private practice is making Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical Unievrsity (CSMMU) doctors wake up too early nowdays.

To counter things like 'sting operations' those doing PP have opted to take up surgical assignments outside campus only during early morning.

So these doctors leave their house as early as 6 am, operate the patients from 6.30 am to 8 am and then reach the campus like the other teachers, at 9 am.

And to make this arrangement foolproof they hire a little known surgeon. This hired surgon remains inside the oeprating theatre along with the CSMMU doctor to assist during surgery and take care of the patient afterwards.

This is also to ensure that if at any point of time something goes wrong the hospital would mention the name of the hired surgeon on papers to save the CSMMU doctor.

"I needed a good surgeon for my daughter but waited the operation should not be done in a government hospital. After little effort I got a prominent surgeon from CSMMU to operate at a private hospital barely 500-meters away from the campus," says Aslam, a resident of Vidhan Sabha Marg.

Like Aslam there are dozens of other people who are unwilling to get their kith and kin admitted at CSMMU and spent thousands to get doctors here to operate at private nursing homes.

Since the university and district administration has tightened the noose around government doctors doing PP they have come up with new strategies, said a senior official engaged in the campaign against PP.

Using name of other doctors was in practice earlier also but now fresh pass outs are specifically hired to work inside operating theatres with the CSMMU doctors. These young surgeons accept the offer for they get some money and a chance to learn surgical skills, he said.

Private practice is banned for government doctors in the state. At present 11 CSMMU doctors are facing charge for PP and have been served notice after evidence were found against them. But it seems the lure of money is bigger than notices.