Chawla committee for ban on the private practice of doctors
By: Tariq Shah VOV
Private practice of doctors has been in the media circles for various reasons with common people complaining that it is impacting their visits to the hospitals as most of the doctors remain busy in their clinics and it has jeopardized the health conditions of those people who cannot afford to go to the private clinics.
According to the media reports Chawla committee recommends ban on private practice of doctors. A committee of medical experts headed by PGI Chandigarh director Professor Y K Chawla was constituted in 2018 to assess improvement in medical facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.
The committee has suggested a number of measures for better of patient care services across hospitals.
Recommendations and observations:
Faculty of medical colleges who are practicing don’t develop research and academics. Therefore, the private practice should be banned in principle.
2. A ban on private practices should be incorporated into the college statutes and should be made an offense.
In service doctors can be offered a golden handshake if they are unwilling to stop the private practice.
Pay scale and other benefits of faculty should be the same as PGI Chandigarh/AIIMS Delhi. Furthermore, faculty should be given academic leave and incentives.
In-house practice can be allowed within hospital premises after working hours and the earnings can be shared by both hospital and faculty.
The committee was formed in 2018 after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in response to a PIL suggested to assess improvement in the working of medical facilities in J&K.
With Agencies inputs