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12:00 AM, December 24, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 24, 2018

How public hospitals can better serve the people

Medical professionals in Bangladesh command considerable respect from people. However, the health sector is increasingly becoming a private affair. Doctors' fees and the cost of treatment have become very expensive for ordinary people.

It's true that when it comes to government hospitals, every employee is bound to be present at their office during office hours but very few adhere to this rule. It's true that we only have a limited number of doctors in public hospitals. But if they regularly saw patients as their job description demands, the public would obviously be better off.

The government should make it mandatory for all doctors to spend a certain amount of time in their hospitals and the practice of patients visiting doctors' private chambers must be discouraged. The violation of this rule should be taken seriously. In exchange, the government should think of a mechanism whereby these doctors are remunerated or compensated.

Zubair Khaled Huq, By email

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