Refrain from private practice during duty hours, admin tells doctors

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday directed doctors to refrain from doing private practice during duty hours and other malpractices as this is in violation of the Civil Service Conduct Rules.
According to an order all HoDs and DDOs have been directed not to allow any doctor to indulge in such activities, which results in loss to government exchequer and weakening of the public services.
“It has been observed that certain Doctors borne on the establishment of Health and Medical Education Department are indulging into private practices during official hours as well while they are on duty rosters in the Government Health Institutions. This is in violation of Civil Services Conduct Rules as well as various guidelines issued from time to time and also goes against the ethics of public service for which the doctors have been appointed by the Government,” reads the order
It reads that it has also come to notice that certain doctors are recommending medical intervention in their private clinics instead of attending the same in the Government health institutions where they are posted.
“This results into loss of public exchequer under Ayushman Bharat/SEHAT scheme and hence tantamount to offence under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. This is also to be construed a misconduct and violation of Civil Services Conduct Rules,” it added.
The order says that it has further come to the notice of the Government that many doctors are indulging in private practice in other cities and towns which implies that they are not available at their places of posting in case any emergency arises.
“The doctors who are skipping their duties and indulging in private practices in other places is also being viewed very seriously,” the order said.
It added that it is, accordingly, impressed upon all HoDs and DDOS not to allow any doctor borne on the establishment of Health and Medical Education Department to indulge into these malpractices resulting into loss to the Government exchequer and weakening of public services.
“Strict vigilance shall be kept and such cases will be recommended for strict action by the Regulatory Authorities. These instructions shall also apply to Para-medical staff who are found indulging in same practices. Monthly report in this regard will be furnished by all HoDs,” it reads. (KNO)

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