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Andhra Pradesh to Ban Private Practice by Government Doctors, hike their salary

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Andhra Pradesh to Ban Private Practice by Government Doctors, hike their salary

Amaravati: The Healthcare sector in Andhra Pradesh is going to see major revamp, as a high-level expert committee has made several practice-changing recommendations including ban on private practice by government doctors, and hike in their salary. The committee has all in all submitted 100 recommendations that included urgent filling up of vacant posts in government hospitals of the state

Observing the public healthcare sector lacked “clarity and responsibility,” an expert committee, for a comprehensive review of the sector in Andhra Pradesh, submitted its recommendations on Wednesday suggesting among other things a ban on private practice by government doctors. Retired IAS officer K Sujatha Rao, who previously served as Union Health Secretary, headed the eight-member committee constituted by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Upon receiving the committee report, the Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on the recommendations and accepted them, a release from the CMO said.

The committee suggested a ban on private practice by government doctors but recommended a hike in their basic salary. It also suggested filling up of all vacant doctor posts in government hospitals. Speaking on the occasion, Sujatha Rao said the committee made over 100 recommendations for revitalising the health sector in the state. “Basically, the government’s outlook towards the health sector should change. People are not coming to government hospitals as they lack basic infrastructure and equipment. The number of patients coming to government hospitals in AP is less than the national average,” Sujatha Rao pointed out.

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“The public healthcare system neither has clarity nor responsibility. Proper review and monitoring mechanisms are also absent while there is a lot of duplication (of work). And, there is also a lot of conflict of interest,” the former Health Secretary remarked. Noting that 30 per cent people were afflicted with cancer and heart-related ailments, she suggested the government ensure delivery of primary healthcare services in three steps. “There should be health sub-centre for every 5,000 people; village clinics for every 1,000 population and a primary health centre for every 30,000 population.

There are about one crore people under the age of 18 years and the government should focus on their health,” she said. The Chief Minister, according to the release, directed the health department authorities to prepare proposals for enhancement of doctors’ salaries and also recruitment of new doctors in vacant posts. He said the Aarogya Sri health insurance scheme would be extended to super-specialty hospitals in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru from November 1.

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He said number of diseases would be brought under the scheme’s purview and a pilot project would be launched from January 1, 2020 in West Godavari district with 2,000 ailments. In the remaining 12 districts, the new scheme would be enforced from April 1. The Chief Minister asked the health authorities to pay Rs 5,000 to each patient who underwent surgery in hospitals during the recuperation period. He asked the officials to frame guidelines for extending pension to patients suffering from chronic diseases.

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Source: with agency inputs
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  1. How can one stop the practice, midnight Will go & treat the patient…..not for the sake of money…..it’s docs passion…..patient is the preference & not the votes….how come all politizianes are millionaires ?

  2. Salary disproportionate to the hard earned medical degree and its importance to the society are the main reasons for dissatisfaction, lack of interest in job and corruption in the state government sector hospitals. In case, any person pays to middle men to get the government job, his/her attitude towards job responsibilities becomes different. Private practice is a matter of personal preference and depends upon factors including patients support who can pay for service. Years ago, the main advantage of working in government hospitals even for low salary used to be the scope to attract patients in private practice without resorting to publicity gimmicks like public display of hoardings or paying commission for referring the patients etc. Once private sector health care grew a lot, government jobs are no longer preferable atleast for competent doctors.The politicians in power should know that hospitals with dissatisfied doctors, inadequate equipment/ support staff or poor supply of drugs are of no use to the public. Why central government pays more salary to doctors than state governments ?. The public money in A.P. in the form of subsidies like one rupee per kg rice is allegedly spent on undeserving people in villages (Those having cell phones, cable TV, bikes, own houses etc) for political reasons.

  3. Most govt post are not advertised and they are replaced by non permanent contractual posts which pay very less and with no pension no leaves and non of other perks that permanent employee gets. Who will work in govt ?

  4. A soft engineer or MBA graduates earn nearly one lakh by the time doctor receives his first salary. By that time the cost of everything increase by 50%. Doctors will not get government jobs unless the palms of the selection committee is greased or if they join private hospitals, they get 30 to 40 thousand salary. I have the first hand experience of Karnataka KPSC selection. I applied for assistant surgeon post in 1977 and to get selected, I was supposed to pay twenty thousand rupees only to select and again extra for posting. My father never had that kind of money and I started my private practice.

  5. It should be followed by all state government s.


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