No ban on private practice of medical teachers: Govt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2017 13:14:46

Staff Reporter,

State Government on Friday is understood to have in no mood to impose a ban on the private practice of medical teachers of Government medical colleges. It is the reason that the Government has not yet taken any action on this issue. However, when the matter of banning private practice of medical teachers in State was in discussion after hiking their salaries near to the University Grants Commission (UGC) about five years ago, the medical teachers had protested it strongly. So the Government had put the matter on the back burner.

According to sources, the medical teachers had demanded salary hike saying their salary was low compared to the Government and Government added colleges in the state and even lower than the other states’ medical teachers. In All India Institute Medical Science (AIIMS) or other Central Government’s medical institutes the medical teachers who get good salary packages cannot do private practice. It was the reason why the State Government had put up a condition while sanctioning higher scales near to the UGC pay scales to state’s medical teachers. Medical teachers had last time even threatened to resign the job if the Government imposed ban on private practice.

Senior officer in Medical Education Department said that due to protest from the medical teachers, the proposal mooted while sanctioning new pay scales to the medical teachers, was kept pending. Sources said that from evening to night the patients are depended upon the junior doctors as hardly a few medical teachers might come on call to examine serious patients leaving their clinic. When contacted, Shivshekhar Shukla, Commissioner, Medical Education Department, said he did not know any proposal of imposing ban on private practice of medical teachers.