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Ranchi, Oct. 28: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) administration today made it clear that there would be no change in their stance against doctors indulging in private practice outside the hospital.

By making their position clear, RIMS has brushed aside a recent Indian Medical Associations (IMA) suggestions about implementing a honourarium system of teaching.

The IMA had faxed the health secretary about the prevalent model in Mumbai. In Indias financial capital, the fax had said, a doctor is not paid a salary but is given the option to take classes, attend the out-patient department and perform surgeries.

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The IMA has suggested that, in order to retain good teachers at the medical college, service conditions at RIMS should let the doctors decide whether they want to claim non-practising allowance by abstaining from private practice or if they want to continue private practice.

RIMS director (administration) Puja Singhal Purwar said: At present, the administration is not thinking on those lines. Anything prevalent in Mumbai cannot be taken up here.

RIMS director reiterated that doctors involved in private practice would not be tolerated. The administration stands tough on its earlier decision. We are not going to allow any doctors to go on with their private practices. If they do so, we are not going to tolerate them, she echoed.

Meanwhile, Ranchi IMA secretary Ajay Singh said the government and the administration should chalk out a measure that would help the institute retain its experienced pool of doctors.

Senior teachers and doctors are slowly opting for other states and there is a gradual brain drain in Jharkhand. Implementing the honourarium system would be a good option to stop this drain, said Singh, emphasising on the need to stop doctors from migrating to other states.

The IMA has also expressed concern at the drain of doctors and suggested that all temporary medics be immediately absorbed into the regular health services through the Jharkhand Public Service Commission.

Trashing proposals to implement changes in RIMS by keeping the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as a model, Singh said, Things are not the same here (in RIMS). AIIMS is in a metropolitan city and their infrastructure is much richer than Jharkhands. If the non-practising clause has to be implemented on the lines of AIIMS, the IMA had suggested, salary and perks of RIMS doctors should be hiked so that the remuneration is on a par with their AIIMS counterparts.

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