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Noida: Officials gear up to curb private practice by government doctors

Principal secretary Prashant Trivedi has written to the director general of health services, divisional commissioners and district magistrates, asking all the officials to take strict action against government doctors involved in private practice.

noida Updated: Oct 15, 2017 21:26 IST
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The health department and the district administration is also going to ask residents to inform if there are any doctors running private clinics or doing private practice at their residence.
The health department and the district administration is also going to ask residents to inform if there are any doctors running private clinics or doing private practice at their residence. (Sunil Ghosh /HT PHOTO)

The district administration is going to keep an eye on government doctors who are involved in private practice. The move assumes significance, as the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to strictly enforce laws banning private practice by doctors.

Principal secretary Prashant Trivedi has written to the director general of health services, divisional commissioners and district magistrates, asking all the officials to take strict action against government doctors involved in private practice.

In this connection, the health department is also going to make surprise visits to the clinics and residences of doctors to check if they are involved in private practice. Teams from the district health department will also be visiting government hospitals to check whether the doctors are present during duty hours or are busy with their private practice.

The health department and the district administration is also going to ask residents to inform if there are any doctors running private clinics or doing private practice at their residence.

“We have started keeping track of doctors who could be involved in private practice. We are also asking people to provide us information about such doctors. We will be making surprise visits to hospitals and residences to catch such doctors in the act,” Dr Veer Bahadur Dhaka, acting chief medical officer, said.

The state government has made it very clear that strict action will be taken against errant doctors. “Any government doctor found to be involved in private practice will be caught. We will send a report to the state government which will take the further course of action as per law,” Dhaka added.

District magistrate BN Singh said, “We have got the orders to identify government doctors involved in private practice. We will also ask people to inform authorities concerned if they find any government doctor doing private practice.”

The letter has clearly said that strict and immediate action should be taken against private nursing homes run by government doctors. Government is going to recover the Non-Practice Allowance of such doctors, the officials added. Further, the UP government will approach the Medical Council of India (MCI) seeking cancellation of registration of doctors involved in private practice.