ADEH welcomes Maharashtra Government’s The Prevention of Cut Practices in Healthcare Services Act, 2017


Ludhiana, August 23, 2017: The Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare has welcomed the Maharashtra government’s The Prevention of Cut Practices in Healthcare Services Act, 2017 which has made cuts and commissions in medical practice as cognizable offence with punishment up to imprisonment for 5 years and fine of Rs. 50,000. It shall be illegal to give and/or receive or indulge in Cut Practice in any form or manner within the State of Maharashtra, or anywhere outside the State of Maharashtra where a link or such practice is established to a Healthcare Service Provider as defined under this act.
Commenting on the act Dr G S Grewal, former President Punjab Medical Council (PMC) and member core committee ADEH said that even though only a handful of medical personnel indulge in this practice this has brought a bad name to the profession and has been the major cause of deteriorating patient doctor relationship.
Dr Arun Mitra Sr. Vice President Indian Doctors for Peace and Development and member Core committee ADEH and former chairman Ethical Committee PMC said that doctors at many places have already taken initiative against such practices in the medical profession. At a recent visit to Nashik in Maharashtra to address a meeting of the ADEH held under the chairmanship of Dr Chandrakant Sanklecha he was told that the sinologists of Nashik have stopped this practice of cuts and commissions for the last one year successfully despite resistance from some unscrupulous elements. Also the Gynaecologists have stopped operating in the hospitals run by persons not qualified in the modern scientific system of medicine. Dr Arun Gadre and Dr Abhay Shukla had written a book dissenting diagnosis whereby they recorded statements by several doctors who have been up in arms against such practices by some medical professionals. The ADEH has demanded that similar acts should be made in all the states and government of India should take this step. They also demanded that the corporate hospitals should be equally held responsible under the act because the corporate hospitals work only under the profit motive.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017