PESHAWAR: The Association of Young Physicians (YDA) has accused Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s health minister, Taimur Jhagra, of ignoring the private practice of the dean of Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi. The YDA claimed that Dr Shamsur Rahman was running his private clinic in outright violation of the Medical Education Institution Reform Act 2015.
By law, a dean or medical director, once selected from a medical education institution (MTI), was not allowed to run private clinics outside of the respective institutions. At MTI, some key post holders, including the dean, medical and hospital director, receive hefty stipends of up to Rs 600,000 in addition to getting a brand new car and other privileges.
In return, they had to move their private clinics to hospitals and create an enabling environment for the remaining faculty members to join private institutional practice (IBP).
The basic idea of ââthe MTI system was to strengthen medical and educational institutions to generate income and reduce dependence on government and the Ministry of Health.
In addition to the dean and the doctor of medicine, it is compulsory for all doctors selected as department presidents to join the IBP.
In this particular case, YDA referred to the private practice of Professor Shamsur Rahman and called it a blatant violation of the MTI Act.
Since Professor Shamsur Rahman is Dean Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi, the law does not allow him to practice privately outside the institution. The YDA also disclosed its private clinic’s prescription of July 16, 2021 and asked Taimur Jhagra, who is holding the Ministry of Health as an additional charge, if he would take action against Prof. Shamsur Rahman. , a doctor by profession, who is the head of the department. the department of medicine.
“What will be the position of the KP government regarding Dr Shamsur Rahman Dean Gajju Khan Medical College?” He never treats OPD patients and regularly visits his private clinic, âYDA said. The dean is said to be the brother of a BoG member.
Some doctors explained that the dean would ask other consultants to join the IBP when he himself broke the law.
YDA members took to Twitter to raise the issue and tagged Taimur Jhagra.
Doctors said it was strange that Taimur Jhagra took note of the private practice of the director of the Institute of Kidney Disease, Professor Sultan Zafar and allegedly forced the Board of Governors (BoG), headed by a bureaucrat to the Sahibzada Saeed retirement, to fire the senior nephrologist after the problem. was raised on social media. “Where are Taimur Jhagra and his rules which he applied to Professor Sultan Zafar and removed him from office within minutes,” said a senior consultant.
This correspondent tried on several occasions to obtain comments from Professor Shamsur Rahman and Taimur Jhagra, but to no avail.
Both of Professor Shamsur Rahman’s cell phones were turned off and a text message was sent to him. Taimur Jhagra also avoided commenting on the matter.