Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) chief and Lok Sabha legislator from Bihar Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has called for the social boycott of doctors charging arbitrary fee at their private clinics and nursing homes.
“Doctors are worse than jallads (hangmen),” he said in Bhagalpur on Thursday.
“A hangman charges money for his job when the person on death row is still alive. But the doctors realise money from the bereaved family even after the death of a patient,” Yadav said.
Yadav, who represents Madhepura constituency of north Bihar in the Lok Sabha, was in the city to support the Bhagalpur bandh call given by his party to protest rising incidents of crime, lapses in the distribution of flood relief, doctors fleecing patients in private clinics and uncontrolled activity of the education mafia.
His wife Ranjeet Ranjan is the Congress MP from Saharsa.
“Throw rotten eggs at government doctors found running private clinics and lock the nursing homes if a patient dies there due to the negligence of medical practitioners,” he said while calling for more stringent provisions in the clinical establishment act.
While admitting that there could be a few doctors dedicated to the service of humanity, he said it was “difficult to segregate them when the majority in the profession is insensitive to problems of a common man”.
“The issue of doctors indulging in “unethical practices” would remain high on the agenda of JAP,” Yadav added.
Yadav and his parliamentarian wife have held many jan adalats (people’s courts) against doctors for allegedly charging an exorbitant fee and fleecing poor patients in many north Bihar districts.
In 2014, he prescribed fees for doctors in his constituency in accordance with their qualifications. He also threatened to launch an agitation as well as legal action in case they did not adhere.