State committee prepares first draft of law against cut practice in healthcare

The state-appointed three member committee met for the first time on July 8 at directorate of medical education and research (DMER) office in order to take a step forward in formulating law against 'Cut Practice' in healthcare sector. The observations and suggestions of the members and stakeholders have been taken during the meet to prepare first draft of the law

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Hoarding put out by Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai

Taking a step forward in formulating law against ‘Cut Practice’ in healthcare sector, the state, on June 28, had appointed a three member committee which met for the first time today (July 8) at directorate of medical education and research (DMER) office. The committee chairman, Pravin Dixit, former Maharashtra Director General, informed My Medical Mantra that during the meeting, observations and suggestions of the members and stakeholders have been taken. “The meeting aimed at how to go about getting a law against the cut practice in healthcare,” said Dixit.

The committee was formed by Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan to check the viability of the proposed law which will benefit the patients.

“We have prepared a draft of the suggestions and observations regarding formation of law against cut practice in healthcare in the state. We will soon put the final draft of the law in public domain for further suggestions before sending it to the Chief Minister,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, DMER.

Also present in the meeting were Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, the Mahad-based doctor who filed a complaint against a private diagnostic laboratory on cut practice with the Maharashtra Medical Council in 2014, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, national president elect of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Dr Sanjay Oak, former dean of KEM Hospital.

Asian Heart Institute (AHI), one of the leading heart hospitals in Mumbai, had put out a hoarding which read, ‘No commission to Doctors’ which had stirred a controversy in medical fraternity. After which the the Maharashtra government had taken a step to mull a law which would benefit crores of patients in the state.

Dr Ramakanta Panda, vice chairman and managing director of AHI, who is also the committee member, said, “AHI is extremely grateful to Government of Maharashtra for taking up this issue. It was a very exciting meet. The committee recognises that the issue of cut-practice is universal and applies to all healthcare providers across Unani, Ayurveda, homeopathic practice, physiotherapy etc and hospitals, nursing homes, pathology labs, radiology centres etc. as well. The next two weeks will be crucial as penalty for being caught doing cut practice and modalities to implement will be finalised.”

Taking a step forward in formulating law against ‘Cut Practice’ in healthcare, the state appointed three member committee had their first meeting at directorate of medical education and research (DMER) office today. The chairman of the committee- Pravin Dixit, who is former Maharashtra DG, told My Medical Mantra that during the meeting observation and suggestions of the members and stakeholders have been taken. “The meeting was on how to go about getting a law against the cut practise in healthcare,” said Dixit.

The committee was formed by Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister

Pravin Dixit, former Maharashtra DG
Pravin Dixit, former Maharashtra DG

to check the viability of the proposed law which will benefit the patients.

“We have prepared a draft of the suggestions and observations regarding formation of law against cut practice in healthcare in the state. We will soon put the final draft of the law in public domain for further suggestions before sending it to the Chief Minister,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of Medical Education and Research.

Also present in the meeting were Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, the Mahad-based doctor had filed a complaint against a private diagnostic laboratory on cut practice with the Maharashtra Medical Council in 2014, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, national president elect of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Dr Sanjay Oak.

Asian Heart Institute, one of the leading heart hospitals in Mumbai, had put out a hoarding which read, ‘No commission to Doctors’ which had stirred a controversy in medical fraternity. After which the Maharashtra government had taken a step to mull a law which will benefit crores of patients in the state.

Dr Ramakanta Panda, vice chairman and managing director of AHI who is also the committee member said, “AHI is extremely grateful to Government of Maharashtra for taking up this issue. It was a very exciting meet. The committee recognises that the issue of cut-practice is universal and applies to all healthcare providers across Unani, Ayurveda, homeopathic practice, physiotherapy etc and hospitals, nursing homes, pathology labs, radiology centres etc. as well. The next two weeks will be crucial, as penalty for being caught doing cut practice and modalities to implement will be finalised.”