The Madhya Pradesh High Court has given a final opportunity to the state government to file its reply in the case of not allowing radiologists to have a private practice. The next hearing is scheduled for January 18, 2021.
The case was heard by a single bench of Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla. During the hearing, Advocate Aditya Sanghi, appearing on behalf of petitioner Radiologist Dr Rakesh Kumar, argued that the petitioner has been serving sincerely as a radiologist in a rural area like Mandla. Work is going on amid the threat of Covid-19 infection.
Why should the petitioner be denied of private practice on the basis of an old law? The petitioner has requested the Court that after serving government service till 5 pm, he be allowed to do private practice when he reaches home in his free time.
Advocate Aditya Sanghi argued that on one hand, radiologists of Gwalior region have got permission for private practice while on the other hand, private practice of radiologists from other areas of the state has been banned.
For this reason, the petitioner is deprived of operating a private clinic. He filed the petition two years ago. The High Court also issued notices. But the state government is adopting a method of delaying the matter. Therefore, strictness is required, claimed the petitioner.
The petition further alleged that the question arises that when MD medicine can prescribe the prescription of patients, why can’t the radiologist do his work privately? Why double standards in a state ?