Arafat Hasan of DOT
The High Court has directed the government to form an independent commission to frame a guideline for the state-appointed doctors running private practices.
It also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the relevant law, which allows state-appointed doctors to run private practices, should not be declared unconstitutional.
High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader made the order and rule following a writ petition filed by five Supreme Court lawyers seeking directives to stop private practice of government-appointed doctors.
On the petition, filed on February 4, the lawyers requested the formation of a commission for introducing a guideline on private practice of the government-appointed doctors, and to conduct mobile courts to stop irregularities at government and private hospitals.
The petitioners also requested the court to issue a rule asking respondents to explain why their inaction to stop private practice of government-appointed doctors during their office time should not be declared illegal as well as to why they should not be directed to stop such practice.