Dhaka, Bangladesh
Form independent medical commission

Form independent medical commission

HC orders for framing policy on docs' practice, healthcare

News Desk The High Court Tuesday ordered formulating full- fledged guidelines for medical practitioners under both public and private sectors, particularly to check private practice by government doctors. "Business on people's life cannot be allowed," a state attorney quoted the judges as saying in issuing a rule in this regard to government authorities concerned. The higher court asked for constituting an independent medical commission for framing the guidelines and policies on healthcare to streamline the sector. A High Court Division bench comprising Justice F.R.M. Nazmul Ahasan and Justice K. M. Kamrul Kader passed the orders and also issued the rule in this regard. The court in the rule asked authorities concerned to explain as to "why it shall not declare the clause 4 of The Medical Practice and Private Clinic and Laboratory Ordinance unconstitutional, illegal and why it shall not be annulled". The High Court came up with the orders after holding hearing on a writ filed by five lawyers, challenging what they called government 'inaction' in stopping doctors' private practice. The petitioners are Abdus Sattar Palwan, Salauddin Regan, Sujat Miah, Md Aminul Haque and Md Kawser Uddin Mandal, says a BSS report. Respondents to the rule are the health secretary, the director-general of Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council president and Bangladesh Medical Association president. Newly appointed Health Minister Zahid Malik has, meanwhile, taken a tough stance on streamlining the health sector while the Anti-Corruption Commission in its current round of drives detected some irregularities. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also warned against truancy by a section of physicians and negligence in service by some nurses and issued a set of directives for improving healthcare.

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