Cut practice Act: Maha law department seeks clarity on imprisonment clause

The Maharashtra government has mulled a law to put an end to the rampant cut commission practice in the state. The draft of the proposed act was sent to the Law and Judiciary department for the approval. But, the Law and Judiciary department has raised certain questions and has referred it back to the Medical Education Ministry

Cut parctice Act: Maha law department seeks clarity on imprisonment clause

The Law and Judiciary Department of Maharashtra has raised certain questions on the proposed Cut Commission Practice Act which is being mulled by the state.

After scrutinising the proposed draft of the new law, the Law Department has sent it back to the Medical Education Ministry without approval.

According to Dr Praveen Shingare, Director of the Medical Education and Research, the government has decided to constitute a committee to look into the issues raised by the law department.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Praveen Shingare, Director of the Medical Education and Research (DMER) said, “The Law and Judiciary Department has raised the question of the imprisonment clause in the proposed law. The department is of the opinion that in the existing framework of the law, there is a provision of punishment to the doctor, if he/she is found guilty of corruption. Then why is another law needed? So, they have sent the draft back to the Medical Education Department.”

The Maharashtra government was set to introduce the new law in the Nagpur assembly session but has now decided to set up a committee to look into the questions raised by the law department.

Dr Shingare further added, “The medical fraternity should be transparent, but many a time we don’t see that happening. In order to curb the rampant cut commission and to help the poor and needy patients, who are being cheated by the doctors the government had prepared a draft of the law. We will soon form a committee which will look into the questions raised by the Law and Judiciary Department.”

The state appointed three-member committee build the framework of the proposed law against the cut practice. The committee proposed strict actions against the doctors involved in cut practice. The committee’s recommendation includes an imprisonment up to 5 years or a fine of Rs 50,000 or both.