Taking its stand a step further on cut practice in healthcare, the Asian Heart Institute (AHI) has written a letter to the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) saying cut practice is putting financial burden on a patient. In a letter dated June 14, duly signed by thirty-seven doctors from the hospital, the AHI has appealed the Council to aggressively pursue and eliminate this unethical practice. It also extended its support to help MMC to curb this menace. A copy of the letter sent to MMC has also been sent to state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant and state minister of medical education Girish Mahajan.
While speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra on Tuesday, Padma Bhushan Dr Ramakanta Panda, who is also the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of AHI, said the doctors who are criticising this move are the ones who support the practice of commission.
“We have received calls asking us to pull down the hoardings, but there are many doctors who have welcomed our stand. We have decided not to give in. The hoardings will stay on in support of young doctors, who face the menace of cut practice regularly,” he emphasised.
The hospital had put up a hoarding that says, ‘Honest Opinion. No Commission to Doctors’ at a prominent location in the city. 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 hoarding is in extremely poor taste. There is no doubt that commissions are rampant in the medical profession and we all need to work towards rooting it out of our system. But to try and highlight this curse of our profession in public and try to curry favour of the public to boost your clientele, is disgusting and reprehensible,” said Dr Bipin Pandit, managing trustee, AMC.