Proposal for Private doctors to treat govt hospital patients

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BHOPAL: Patients could soon receive treatment by private super speciality doctors in government hospitals across Madhya Pradesh. These private doctors would be lured with salaries on par with professors and assistant professors, which works out to be approximately one lakh per month.

The proposal has found favour with the state health and gas relief minister Narottam Mishra. In a bid to make up for the shortfall of specialists, Bhopal Gas Relief and Rehabilitation (BGRR) department has got a nod from Mishra and awaits a clearance from finance department, said Gas Relief hospitals director, KK Dubey. Doctors would be remunerated based on number of days they visit a facility.

In Bhopal, seven hospitals and 20 dispensaries run by BGRR catering to about 3,600 gas victims every day. Its functioning has been criticized by NGO activists for failing to deliver ‘quality care’ despite being well-funded.

Admitting to shortage of specialist doctors, Dubey is optimistic his model would work where others have failed in the past.

“I am an optimist. If my patient gets quality care, I am not bothered about paying a doctor, be it private or government. Super consultants would benefit too if their name is associated with a government setup,” said Dubey. Expression of interest inviting doctors would be advertised in the coming days, he added.

According to estimates there are barely five dozen doctors with DM and MCh degrees are super-specialties in the state capital.

“They need to focus on creating and following treatment protocols for the gas victims. Outsourcing work to super specialists has not been successful and led to other malpractices,” said gas activist Rachna Dhingra.

According to sources, if successful, similar project would be replicated in district and civil hospitals across all districts. Currently, district hospitals are permitted to invite private practitioners for surgeries, in case of unavailability of a government doctor.

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