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IMA Punjab demands one-time policy for regularisation of nursing homes in residential areas
The Indian Medical Association (Punjab unit) demanded a one-time policy from the government for regularisation of nursing homes in residential areas.

The newly elected IMA (Punjab) President Dr. R.L.Taneja and Hony. Secretary General Dr. Harsh Bhola said that they would work towards betterment of the members as well as usher in a better doctor patient relations.

Dr. Taneja said that the prominent among the few issues still left to be done is the regularization of nursing homes running in residential areas and reiterated with the firm belief that the government will provide relief to the nursing homes, which are not only the only means of livelihood to the employees but are also essential for efficient health services to the masses at an affordable rate.

A policy to notify this is eagerly awaited as most of the members would be benefited, he added.

Dr. Teneja said that the government had done a commendable job in the form of PGEPHIS but the rates fixed under the scheme are very low and many hospitals are not able to participate. Also, there are various other issues which are a hindrance to the smooth functioning of the scheme and hence need to be looked into.

He further said, the other issues would also be taken with the appropriate authorities for taking an early decision like biomedical waste management, PCPNDT Act, laxity in implementation of the Punjab Medical Protection Act, filing of FIR against doctor without clearance from a medical board, commercial rates of electricity for clinics, rebates and allotment of land for small nursing homes.

Dr. Teneja and Dr. Bhola also said, the newly recruited doctors should be paid full wages and not made a mockery of medical profession by engaging on consolidated pay of Rs.15,000.

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