Patna: With a new team of Bihar IMA taking charge, the stand of the medical body over ban on private practice of doctors has changed. Now, it says private practice is the root cause of all ills in the medical profession.
President-elect for 2015-16, Dr Sachidanand Kumar, who is working as a researcher in PMCH, said it must be banned for all government doctors, especially those working with medical colleges. He, incidentally, agreed with the write-up of Dr David Berger published in British Medical Journal recently that said Indian medical institutions live an unvirtuous circle of referral and kickback and doctors ask for unnecessary investigations.
Dr Kumar said, “The touts that roam in every nook and corner of PMCH are testimony to the corruption ailing medical institutions. All such ills can be curbed if private practice is banned.” IMA’s honorary secretary Dr Sanjeev Ranjan Kumar Singh concurred with the views of Dr Sachidanand. However, one of the vice-presidents differed with the views of the president-elect.
Dr Kumar also expressed concern over the supply of substandard drugs in hospitals and demanded a thorough probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, Dr Yashdeo Singh, a Dumraon-based surgeon, has been made the president of Bihar IMA for 2014-15. Dr Sanjeev will continue on his post. State IMA also elected eight vice-presidents, including Dr Sachidanand Sharma (Gaya) and Dr Bimal Karak (Patna). New members of Central Working Committee (CWC) were also elected. Outgoing president of Bihar IMA, Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, eminent surgeon Dr Nagendra Prasad and Dr Manju Gita Mishra, among others, were elected to CWC.
The new election witnessed hiccups when the name of Dr Amarkant Jha ‘Amar’ was proposed for CWC. Many doctors were vehemently opposed to his name, the prominent ones being Dr Lakshmi Narayan Singh of clinical pathology department of PMCH, Pawapuri medical college faculty member Dr K K Mani and Dr BNP Yadav, who retired from DMCH. They opposed his election due to charges of molestation levelled against him in April.