Punjab Government proposed to introduce evening clinics in the hospitals of Government Medical Colleges to provide better health care to the people and also to check private practice by the doctors despite their getting the Non Practising Allowance (NPA).

Medical Education and Research Minister Tikshan Sud addressing a meeting of the senior officers of the department here on Thursday said that the government proposed to run evening clinics for two hours from five pm daily.

Mr. Sud said that presently the clinics function from 9 am to 4 pm. The government has already sought the opinion of the doctors in this matter; he said adding that a final decision was expected to be taken soon.

He said that to bring transparency in the procedures of medico-legal and post mortem cases, he directed the Medical Superintendents and the Principals of the Government Medical Colleges to immediately respond to the grievances of the either of the two parties who were not satisfied with the medico-legal or the post mortem reports and redress their issues instantaneously.

He has also issued strict instructions to get all the clinical tests done only in the government hospital adding that only those tests should be referred to clinical laboratories outside which were not available in the hospitals.

He further said that to monitor the working of the medical officers a quarterly review meeting would be held and strict action would the erring officers.

Among those who attended the meeting included the Principals of Government Medical Colleges and Dental Colleges of Amritsar and Patiala.

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