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SKIMS Private Practice Ban

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This is not about doctors, media or even the government. All the three exist for the welfare of patients in this context. So, the most appropriate way to look at it would be from the patient’s lenses. Agreed, SKIMS had directed its doctors not to practice in private clinics. Agreed, some doctors still did it. Agreed they take the Non-Practicing Allowance (By the way, they don’t have a choice not to). However, there’s a larger question to address. Since the laws are meant to be for the good of the general public, is this ban pro-people or anti-people? I’m aware anybody on the post of Director-SKIMS would always want to make SKIMS comparable to the premier research institutes in India or abroad, which is why they ban private practice of their doctors so that they remain focused, at work; but at what cost? To keep a doctor stress-free after work is a luxury which J&K with failed healthcare system simply cannot afford.

It’s like making a law to give tickets to slow drivers for driving too slow in Srinagar, simply because Florida and North Carolina do that. Or penalizing those who tailgate in Karan Nagar-which would mean everyone would get tailgating tickets- just because it happens in New York City. These things are apparently best practices but in specific contexts. The government which has failed to provide adequate pediatric care........

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