No Private Practice for Government Doctors in Assam till October 2020
It has been strictly stipulated that violation of the said order will entice severe consequences under the sections of the epidemic disaster act 1987, and disaster management act 2005.
Assam: The Government of Assam has issued an order barring the government doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff from working in private facilities or to be involved in private practice till September 30, 2020. The move comes in light of the severe shortage of staff in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.
The freshly issued order is an extension of an earlier order; wherein; no government doctor, nurse, and paramedical staff serving in government hospitals were allowed to continue their private practice till 31 July 2020.
The extension order was issued after it was noted that some of the doctors of Silchar government colleges started extending the services in private medical facilities and their personal clinics earlier in August 2020.
Following this, the government issued another order on August 8 stating that ' the state government has been carrying out extensive COVID-19 testing across the state and a large number of COVID-19 cases have been detected which indicated the prevalence of the COVID-19 in the community at large.'
Further, it has been strictly stipulated that violation of the said order will entice severe consequences under the sections of the epidemic disaster act 1987, and disaster management act 2005.
The direction comes in consideration of the increasing number of COVID cases and the tremendous work pressure on the government hospitals amidst the pandemic. At a time like this when government medical facilities are facing extreme work pressure due to the increasing number of COVID cases, the scarcity of workforce has become a serious issue.