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Docs can do private practice at govt hospitals from Mar

Says Zahid Maleque

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said doctors can practise privately in government hospitals from March this year.

“Doctors usually see patients in various clinics or pharmacies following their duties (in public hospitals). Now specialists can do private practice at their respective workplaces in government hospitals after duty hours (in public hospitals),” the minister said.

He came up with the statements at a meeting on ‘Institutional Private Practice’ at the conference room of the ministry at the secretariat on Sunday.

Officials of different doctors’ professional bodies and high officials of the health ministry were present in the meeting which was chaired by Zahid Maleque.

The minister said the government is going to form a high-powered committee to start the activities.

“Private practice is not any new concept. Guidelines will be needed to implement this programme. We’ll start working for it.

“If this programme is implemented, thousands of people will be relieved of visiting doctors at clinics and pharmacies across the country,” Zahid Maleque said.

He said 50 upazilas, 20 districts and five medical centres of the country would be brought under a pilot project initially where patients would receive more treatment under this initiative.    

The health minister expressed the hope that doctors would charge less in public hospitals than the fees they receive at private institutions.

Zahid Maleque also said the ministry is ready to resolve any problem with the programme if any arises. He said doctors will be given more facilities to implement the programme.

“Our weak point is upazila hospitals. The government is trying to improve its facilities. The upazila hospitals will be provided with necessary manpower and equipment,” the minister said.