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Soon, commission practice will lead to imprisonment

Soon, commission practice will lead to imprisonment

Mumbai: The recent gimmick of Asian Heart Institute publicly announcing,  “Honest opinion. No commission to doctors” with hoarding across the city of Mumbai, seems to have indeed brought into limelight the growing menace of cuts, kickbacks and commission that have become rampant in healthcare.

Taking cognizance of the issue, the state government has now formed an 8 member expert committee to frame guidelines/laws for punishment for the practice. “We will submit the draft of the act to the Law and Judiciary department and then to the state Assembly to get it enacted,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) told Indian Express .

Headed by past Maharashtra Director General of Police Pravin Dixit, the committee comprises of Dr. Avinash Supe, Director of Medical Education and major BMC hospitals, Dr Sanjay Oak, director of Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Byculla, Dr Abhay Chowdhary, president of Maharashtra Medical Council, Dr Ramakant Panda, vice chairman of Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, Indian Medical Association (IMA) representative, Dr. Yeshwant Amdekar, pediatrician, Dr. Amit Karkhanis, dermatologist, Dr. Himmatrao Bawaskar, Mahad.

It is assumed that based on the recommendations of the committee, the state government may come out with a specific law for dealing with ” cut practices” in the medical profession, making it a punishable offence, involving both fine as well as imprisonment. Currently, the “cut practice” falls under the purview of medical ethics and may lead to suspension/cancellation of licence.

It is reported that under the ambit of the proposed law, the commission practice may lead a  punishment up to three months and fine up to Rs.5,000 for first time offence. Repeated offender would be punishable by simple imprisonment up to six months and fine of Rs.25,000.

“We are studying the anti-kickback laws in countries like the United States, where doctors are penalised if found involved in such practices,” Dr Ramakant Panda informed the Hindu, terming such legislation the need of the hour.

Dr. Vijay D Silva, medical director of Asian Heart institute observed that cut practice has moved from the fringe of medical practice to its core, with many young doctors being forced to practice, even though they didn’t want to.
Recently, Asian Heart Institute initiated debate on the issue. A number of medical professionals including Dr Gautam Sen, Dr Vikrant Desai, Dr Sanjay Nagral, Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, Dr Devi Shetty, Dr GN Rao, Dr. Soma Raju, Dr Srinath Reddy, Dr Samiran Nundy etc were seen extending their support to the hospital crusade against cut practice in medical services

Source: with inputs
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    pawan kumar shah July 9, 2017, 8:13 pm

    `Cut Practice\’ became endemic in India & not only in one state.Private meidcal colleges giving it sharp edge.Doctors coming out of private colleges after paying 1 crore or more will like to serve the society ? A big question is still to be answered.Such amendements can get get just the targeted person or it will be of waste basket worth.

  2. It is welcome move such legislation is need of the day

  3. First stop the politicians making huge business out of establishing Medical Colleges whereby you are producing medical monsters. What can you expect from such ill trained or mal-trained doctors? Who is the primary culprit? Trying to douse the fire by sprinkling mere water on fire, instead of stopping the source of fire shall not get us result. Indian lawmakers need to awaken or else the people shall teach them.

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    Haroon Rasheed July 1, 2017, 11:54 pm

    I am sad because there are a lot of good people in our doctors community and they were asking medical associations to address this issue. But it failed to change corrupt practices in this service.

  5. o come on. first look at the rmps in the nation who pull out money from the doctors and cheat the people. I don\’t really understand y every one in our country overlook this stupid rmps who deal with this kind of business.

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