The government is planning to impose a ban on private practice by its doctors all over the State with a view to enabling them to discharge their duties more effectively, the responsibilities of the posts served by them.
An in-principle decision to put an end to private practice by government doctors has been taken by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to improve the situation in government hospitals and restore people’s faith in them.
Disclosing this to reporters here on Saturday, Medical Education Minister Kondru Murali Mohan said steps would be taken immediately to ensure the presence of government doctors in their respective hospitals for the stipulated six hours.
A watch would be kept on them to ascertain whether they functioned properly in the hospitals where they were posted and whether they were leaving the premises early to work at their clinics.
Sources said the Chief Minister, during a recent review of the issues relating to Health Department, had noted that the private practice by government doctors was one of the main causes for the deteriorating situation in government hospitals. Owing to this, all sections of society, including the poor, were opting for corporate hospitals in preference to government ones.
The authorities were forced to empanel private/corporate hospitals to the extent of 70 per cent for implementing Rajiv Arogyasri.
An official said at present, non-practising allowance was being paid to certain (teaching) categories of government doctors while other categories are allowed unofficially to work in their own clinics after working hours in the government hospitals.