Stringent action on doctors involved in ‘Cut Practice’, says Maha medical education minister

Girish Mahajan welcomes the Asian Heart Institute’s request to curb ‘cut practice’ in healthcare. He adds that the state government will not encourage cut practice in healthcare. If they receive any complaint against any doctor indulging in cut practice and found guilty, stern action will be taken against him/her.

Stringent Action on Doctors involved in 'Cut Practice', says Maha Medical Education Minister

Welcoming the Asian Heart Institute’s (AHI) request to aggressively curb ‘cut practice’ in healthcare, the state medical education minister Girish Mahajan said that stringent action will be taken on people found guilty.

The hospital had put up a hoarding that says, ‘Honest Opinion. No Commission to Doctors’ at a prominent location in the city. Taking its stand on cut practice a step further, the hospital, on Wednesday, wrote the letter to Maharashtra Medical Council, state health minister and state medical education minister.

Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister
Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister

“Maharashtra government will not encourage cut practice in healthcare in the state. If we receive any complaint against any doctor indulging in cut practice and found guilty, stern action will be taken against him/her,” said Mahajan.

MMC is a quasi-judicial body which governs quality of medical education and medical ethics in state. This autonomous body, which reserves rights to provide registration and cancellation of medical licences, comes under the medical education minister’s purview.

He said Dr Ramakanta Panda, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of AHI and his team has taken up a genuine issue in the healthcare. “It is a great initiative. Every doctor should follow ethics in the medical practice,” said Mahajan.  

Dr Panda said the idea behind putting the hoarding in the public spaces was to start a debate and put an end to this unethical practice. Various associations of doctors, including Indian Medical Association — the umbrella body of doctors practicing allopath and Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) has written a letter to AHI to withdraw the hoarding at the earliest. They said the hoarding will end up creating unnecessary phobia in the minds of patients and their families.

The practice of ‘giving commission to get patients’ by doctors and hospitals in India has been cited in various international medical journals. Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, a Mahad-based doctor had filed a complaint against a private diagnostic laboratory on cut practice with the Maharashtra Medical Council in 2014.

This issue was again discussed in Dr Bawaskar’s article ‘Lancet’ and Dr Samiran Nundy’s article in the ‘British Medical Journal’.