Docs guilty of pvt prac­tice to pay tax, lose de­gree

DOU­BLE WHAMMY Pri­vate hospi­tals that en­cour­age and en­ter­tain govern­ment doc­tors for pri­vate prac­tice to be sealed

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LUC­KNOW: Doc­tors work­ing in govern­ment sec­tor and also do­ing pri­vate prac­tice (PP) may end up get­ting a dou­ble shock. As per the lat­est or­der, such doc­tors, if found guilty, will have to pay tax on in­come ac­crued through pri­vate prac­tice be­sides los­ing their de­gree. Also, the pri­vate hospi­tal that en­cour­ages and en­ter­tain govern­ment doc­tors for pri­vate prac­tice will be sealed.

PRI­VATE PRAC­TICE IS BANNED FOR DOC­TORS WORK­ING IN THE GOVERN­MENT HOSPI­TALS OR GOVERN­MENT MED­I­CAL COL­LEGES IN UT­TAR PRADESH.

LUC­KNOW: Doc­tors work­ing in the govern­ment sec­tor and also do­ing pri­vate prac­tice (PP) may end up get­ting a dou­ble shock.

As per the lat­est or­der, such doc­tors, if found guilty, will have to pay tax on in­come ac­crued through pri­vate prac­tice be­sides los­ing their de­gree.

Also, the pri­vate hospi­tal that en­cour­ages and en­ter­tains govern­ment doc­tors for pri­vate prac­tice will be sealed.

Pri­vate prac­tice is banned for doc­tors work­ing in the govern­ment hospi­tals or govern­ment med­i­cal col­leges in Ut­tar Pradesh.

In the lat­est or­der from the of­fice of prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, med­i­cal health, all the divi­sional com­mis­sion­ers and district mag­is­trates have been di­rected to en­sure that a vig­i­lance com­mit­tee is con­sti­tuted at district level and it meets ev­ery month and looks into com­plaints of pri­vate prac­tice.

“If a doc­tor is held guilty, re­cov­ery of non-prac­tice al­lowance (NPA) be­ing paid along with salary will be re­cov­ered,” said the or­der is­sued on Oc­to­ber 9. “Whether in­come tax has been paid on earn­ing through pri­vate prac­tice will also be looked into,” said the or­der.

Ac­tion is also rec­om­mended against the pri­vate hospi­tals that en­gage govern­ment doc­tor. As per the rule, all pri­vate hospi­tals have to reg­is­ter them­selves with the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of the con­cerned district and also give in writ­ing the names of doc­tors work­ing as reg­u­lar or on part time ba­sis.

The prac­tice of not dis­clos­ing the names of govern­ment doc­tors who do pri­vate prac­tice at pri­vate hospi­tal will be treated as of­fence.

“Process should be ini­ti­ated to can­cel li­cence of the pri­vate hospi­tal also along with the govern­ment doc­tor,” the or­der fur­ther said.

The pri­vate prac­tice has been a bone of con­tention between the state govern­ment and govern­ment doc­tors who plead their salaries and work con­di­tions are not ad­e­quate as per their qual­i­fi­ca­tion and ded­i­ca­tion.

The govern­ment has de­nied them per­mis­sion to do pri­vate prac­tice as many of them have been ac­cused of di­vert­ing pa­tients from govern­ment hospi­tals to pri­vate clin­ics for their per­sonal gain.

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