The fire incident on January 9 at Bhandara District Civil Hospital has brought some eye opening facts about the doctors, whom people regarded high, specially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 65 per cent doctors of Bhandara District Civil Hospital are not taking Non Practice Allowance (NPA) and are doing private practice openly. Most of these doctors do not follow timing of OPD and internal patient department.
It is said that entire attention of these doctors is on private practice due to which incidents like fire take place. The Government has increased NPA of doctors in public health system from 25 per cent to 35 per cent to pro-vide good services in Government hospitals.
The NPA has been made mandatory and private practice was banned. But some doctors are taking NPA and doing private practice secretly. Some are doing private practice openly with-out taking NPA.
The Bhandara Civil Hospital gets patients from Nagpur district, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states.
The National Highway passed through district. The persons injured in road mishaps also come to this hospital. These patients also face negligence by doctors who are not taking their responsibility seriously.
Fourteen out of 41 doctors taking NPA According to information, the Bhandara District Civil Hospital has 8’A’ category and 33 ‘IT category medical officers. Among these, 19 doctors take NM while 27 are not taking NPA. Most of these doctors have their own set up of hospitals.
The Government has made it mandatory to take NPA. Some doctors have obtained stay from court against this decision. This stay was given in some personal cases but other doctors are seen taking benefit of this also.
Biometric system not working? The timing of OPD of District Civil Hospital is from 8.30 am to 12 noon and 9 pm to 6 am. The biometric system was being used with an objective of doctors reaching on time. But this system is not functioning even after Corona virus pandemic.
Signatures of doctors are being taken on muster book and attendance is being recorded. The relatives of patients alleged that many doctors remain in private hospitals even after 10 am.