Palatial bungalows, expensive limousines, lavish living- it is the life style of Doctors of Kerala Government Medical Colleges. Not from the hard earned money but from that extorted from the poor and helpless patients. Also fortune comes from drug companies as gratitude for indiscriminately prescribing their junk medicines. Doctors fear these facilities will come to an end with the stoppage of private practice and the mere thought of it sends tremors down their spines. Even 5 months without private practice made them mad and they are out openly for private practice.
Why are they clamoring for private practice? What professional ethics or medical ethics warrants private practice? It is not an urge or enthusiasm for treating patients. If it is an obsession and they really want to treat the patients even after duty hours why can’t they remain in the hospitals and help them like their counterparts doing in Regional Cancer Centre or Sri Chithra Institute of Medical Science in Thiruvananthapuram? In that case all the patients can very well get their service from the hospital itself. So private practice at their houses is nothing but a cover up to forcefully take money from their patients at the hospitals.
Doctors challenge that they will do private practice and collect money but they forget the simple truth that it is not their personal like or dislike but that they need patients. If patients are against private practice what will happen? Also what happens if people do not allow doctors private practice?