Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 26
The Patiala Health Department has ordered an inquiry into the alleged private practice by some doctors of Rajpura Civil Hospital. The Patiala Civil Surgeon has formed a four-member committee to look into the allegations.
Doctors at the Rajpura Civil Hospital have been accused of running private OPDs at their government accommodations.
I was not aware that government doctors were running private OPDs. In fact, I had recently issued a letter to all doctors of the hospital to refrain from private practice. Dr Jagpalinder Singh, SMO, Rajpura
Private practice by doctors of the Civil Hospital has been rampant for many years now. It is a lapse on the part of the administration of the hospital. A doctor, Rajpura Civil Hospital
Health officials informed that two senior doctors of the hospital were allegedly running private OPDs at their government accommodations inside the hospital premises. The inquiry committee will also look into the alleged private practice by another specialist doctor at a private hospital in Rajpura.
The Health Department added that the inquiry committee would also look into the allegations against a medical officer for allegedly taking bribes on camera and influencing a medico-legal report (MLR).
Meanwhile, sources in Rajpura Civil Hospital said private practice by doctors was an open secret and had been a new normal for many years.
It was also alleged a nexus between doctors and private labs is being run in front of the hospital.
Dr Jagpalinder Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Rajpura, said: “I was not aware that doctors were running private OPDs. In fact, I had recently issued a letter to all doctors of the hospital to refrain themselves from banner practice.”
A doctor at Rajpura Civil Hospital said: “Private practice by doctors of the hospital has been rampant for years now. It is a lapse on the part of the administration of the hospital.”
Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Prince Sodhi said: “As soon as the inquiry committee submits the report, we will send it to the higher ups for action.”
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