Government hospitals and state-run medical colleges may soon have experts from private hospitals performing surgeries and providing training apart from helping to build skills of students and faculty. They can also participate in academic sessions. They will be allowed to serve at the state hospitals for a maximum of six hours a day and for three days a week at a remuneration of Rs 1,500 per hour.
An advisory issued by the directorate of health services on December 26 announced the decision to throw open the doors of state hospitals to private practitioners. It mentioned that “many experts from private hospitals have submitted their expression of interest to actively participate in the field of super specialties like paediatric surgery, neuro-surgery, cranio-facial surgery, paediatric neuro-surgery, maxillofacial surgery, head and neck surgery and adult cardiac surgery”.
They have been allowed to perform surgeries ‘as a team’ and can take part in academic sessions and skill-building of students and faculty, the advisory stated. If a particular department seeks the services of a doctor from a private establishment, it will have to apply to the principal.
“If the right experts are selected, patients of government hospitals will benefit from the move,” said Diptendra Sarkar, professor of surgery at IPGMER. But the move may lead to payment discrepancies between government doctors and the private practitioners who will be appointed on a contractual basis. “While an assistant professor of a government medical college earns around Rs 40,000 a month, a private hospital doctor on a contract will end up earning more than Rs 1,00,000 if he works six hours a day. This may not go down well with the former,” said a state hospital doctor.
Some also pointed out that despite the payment, private hospital doctors may find it difficult to operate in a state hospital set-up.-Times Of India