Growing Insecurity amongst health care workers discussed in NSICON 2017

An interesting intense discussion on Security issues related to Health care workers and health care property was noticed during the Private Practitioners’ Forum held as part of 66th Annual Conference of Neurosurgical Society of India ( NSI) held at Nagpur.

During this panel meet; Dr. Suresh Sankhla welcomed & introduced the speakers. Dr. Mahesh Karandikar spoke on Security issues in Private Practice while Prof. AK Singh spoke on Why the anger at medical professionals? Dr. Sameer Paltewar delved into Prevention and management of Public-practitioners conflict. This was followed by a Panel discussion which was moderated by Dr. Suresh Sankhla and Dr. Mahesh Karandikar.

The panelists were Dr. Deepu Banerji, President- NSI, Shri Rakesh Ola, IPS, DCP, Nagpur, Dr. Vaishali Khandait, President, IMA, Nagpur, Dr. Anup Marar, Director- Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, Nagpur & Secretary- Vidarbha Hospitals Association, Dr. Ashutosh Apte, MS, (Ortho), LLB- Senior Orthopedic Surgeon & Advocate, Nagpur and Dr. Rupali Jain, ENT Surgeon, Lawyer & Medico-legal Expert- Warud. Dr. Lokendra Singh, Organizing Secretary- NSICON 2017 proposed vote of thanks and presented the unique NSICON 2017 Mascot memento to all panelists.

The interactive discussion echoed the growing fear amongst medical professionals which has led to them being wary of attending serious patients thus indirectly affecting the society wherein serious patients are being directed to government hospitals since private doctors are wary of attending them. It was also concurred that healthcare share of GDP which is noticing a downward trend since long should be enhanced so that government infrastructure will improve to attend the underprivileged and needy. Since private health care sector ensures 80% of health care delivery; the other alternative is to subsidize private health care sector by either reducing taxes, customs and duties of equipment or providing privileged industry status. Removal of Health care from ambit of Consumer Protection act will go a long way in bridging the growing divide and distrust. Proper communication skills teaching as part of MBBS syllabus was also contemplated. Strict Conviction of the mobsters under the Maharashtra Medicare service, persons and Medicare Institutions (Prevention of Violence and damage or loss of property) Act 2010 and its adequate publicity by police authorities will be a deterrent to trouble makers. Shri.Rakesh Ola, IPS, DCP mentioned that more and more such interactions amongst society leaders, police, doctors and media will go a long way in reducing the growing conflict. Moreover, it was also felt that the fading concept of Family physician should be brought back.

The Neurosurgeons who had come from all over India and abroad commended the efforts of Organizers to have planned such a novel platform for interaction as part of National Conference.