Doctors’ Association rejects proposed Health Reforms Act 2014

Peshawar: Teaching Staff Association of Post Graduate Medical Association and Young Doctors Association as well as Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) have rejected the proposed Health Reforms Act 2014 and ask the government to avoid repeating the past mistake.

Talking to PPI Dr Waqar Alam Jan, President Teaching Staff Association said that the proposed Health Reforms Act 2014 is good in a sense to provide autonomy to the Medical Institutes however doctors have reservations over some of its sections related to Indoor Practice and banning private practice.

“We are not ready to accept banning private practice as there is no infrastructure in hospitals to accommodate all medical practitioners besides the proposed law will not provide any relief to the poor patients as according to the act doctors will charge the patients inside hospitals,” he said.

Dr. Waqar said that according to the proposed law there will be two counters one for those patients who will pay to doctors while another will be for the patients who will avail free treatment, but where will be the beds and where all those will be operated as public hospitals have no capacity to treat these patients.

“You see what is the situation of operation theaters of LRH and other hospitals how come these operation theaters will cater all the patients as every private clinic provide operation facility for minor and major operations.

Dr. Musa Kalim, general secretary of the Teaching Staff Association said if government claims it has provided autonomy to Post Graduate Medical Institutes then why it is interfering in day to day matters of these hospitals.

“ if government forced us for indoor Practice then around 400 hundred doctors will resign of their public jobs and poor patients will be deprived of medical treatment they are being availing by paying Rs 10,. All these hospitals will be deserted and will be de-recognized by PMDC after with lacking of teaching staff,” he observed.

Dr. Mohammad Faisal president of Young Doctors’ Association said at present patients are bringing beds from their homes as beds at hospitals are not enough for them. If private practice is started in hospitals the people able to pay would avail the service but the question is that where the poor patients would go, he said adding that doctors will not accept any ban on private practice.

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