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AGARTALA: The Tripura government was thinking exactly to some extent what the High Court of Tripura (HC) announced regarding private practices done by the government doctors for the sake of the poor patients.
Tripura Health and Family Welfare Minister Badal Choudhury said that they are yet to receive the court's judgement copy after which they would approach a decision following a review meeting.
He said, "The new generation of doctors lack patience and compassion. Thus, they are responsible for their own problems. They might obtain degrees much more than Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy did. However, they lack his sense of responsibility towards the patients."
He added, "Due to improvement of the state's health infrastructure, the new generation of doctors willingly go to serve in remote areas. Vector-borne diseases are intensifying across the state. Malaria is yet to be alleviated. However, there are no reports on deaths. The State Government is trying its level best to combat the situation."
"The government was having something like the High Court's judgment in mind. However, the department will come to a conclusion once they receive the judgement copy," the minister said at a two-day long conference of Indian Medical Association, Tripura chapter. The two-day long conference ended on Sunday.
The minister also laid emphasis on developing medical skills for better healthcare facilities. "Despite there is crisis of skilled manpower in the health sector, the term 'quality' is compromised. We should also give an eye on quality for betterment of healthcare services," the minister said.
The High Court restricted private practices done by the government doctors by allowing spending in their private clinics only for three hours during working days while the duration can be extended for additional three hours in the holidays.
The doctors could not open their private clinics at any diagnostic centre, medical shop or nursing home except in their houses or rented one. Even they could not have any business link with any private nursing home or any diagnostic centre.
Based on a media report, the court registered a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and asked the state government to clarify reasons allowing the government doctors for private practices beyond office hours.