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Private Practice by Government Doctors Can’t be Allowed: J & K HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 10 Sep 2020 8:44pm

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The Jammu and Kashmir High Court observed in the case of Azra Ismail v. Union of India that during the pandemic, when the country was experiencing lockdown and when all the government hospitals in the country closed the health facilities due to increasing cases of COVID-19 some of the medical practitioners were practicing in their private clinics, taking the advantage of the restrictions imposed by the government, since many of the government health facilities in were closed, in J&K they are allowed to work privately. 

The J&K HC on 1st September 2020 said that government doctors cannot be permitted to use their employment for private practice and commercial exploitation. The court opined that “This application seeks to highlight an unfortunate fall out and aspects of the practice prevalent in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir whereby Government Doctors are permitted to carry on with their private practice. Learned counsel for the applicant submits that this permission is used by medical practitioners to build large private practices by diverting patients from Government Hospitals to their private clinics”. 

The petitioner argued that it is unfortunate in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir that government doctors are allowed to practice privately; this has an adverse effect on society. The applicant said that “facilities in the dental hospital are closed and no procedures are being performed, several doctors and practitioners employed in the hospital are carrying out all those procedures in their private clinics”.

The court said that if applicant arguments are true, then the… Continue Reading...

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