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Who is afraid of the ban?
Private practice of SKIMS doctors
11/21/2012 12:28:07 AM
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Srinagar, Nov 20: While the Legislative Assembly Committee, constituted to investigate the increased deaths in Valley's lone super-specialty hospital Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura (SKIMS) has suggested imposition of ban on the private practice of the medicos associated with the institute, it not only continues unabated but is flourishing as well.
Sources told Early Times that while some of the senior medicos are making fortunes by indulging in private practice and ignoring the patient care, Director SKIMS, Dr Showkat Zargar is as helpless before them as anybody else.
"The Director does not want to annoy the doctors involved in private practice. He (Dr Zargar) himself had a flourishing practice before he took over as Director last year. He was warned by the SKIMS authorities in 2010 against continuing it", they said.
Official documents in possession of Early Times reveal that from January 2011 to July 31 this year, 3468 deaths occurred at the hospital. The high death rate in the SKIMS speaks volumes about the indifference of senior medicos viz-a-viz patient care.
A senior medico said that there was a strong lobby of at least 20 senior consultants who were responsible for the ruin of the Institute. "All of them are engaged in private practice despite drawing hefty non- practicing allowance. Not to speak of the Director, the Chief Minister too is helpless before them", he said.
According to him, private practice, lack of accountability and misuse of public funds have totally ruined the SKIMS.
A senior doctor while expressing dismay over the state of affairs said a urologist operates his private clinic in Qamarwari area of the city and sends his patients to SKIMS for various tests including Cystoscopy.
According to him every patient is charged Rs 1000 for the tests done at SKIMS. He said the urologist had been doing renal transplants without having any experience undertaking such specialized procedures.
Hospital records reveal that the said urologist did a transplant on Ghulam Mohammad Teli of Sopore, MRD No 698975 early this year. "The patient was admitted on March 19 and kidney transplant was done. He was operated and re operated thrice. However, the surgery failed and the patient died on March 24," the records revealed.
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