Patna/Saharsa: RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has launched a drive against doctors accusing them of charging "exorbitant" fees forcing the Indian Medical Association to condemn his "extra constitutional" action.
"An MBBS doctor shall charge Rs 100-150, an MD Rs 200-225 and experienced doctors Rs 300," Yadav told a news agency over phone from Saharsa, where he organised 'Nukkad Natak' (street theatre) on the issue today.
Coming harsh on "money making" spirit of doctors in the state, he questioned why doctors were charging Rs 1,200-1,400 for ultrasound when it could be done at Rs 80 in a government hospital?
"Why is operation suggested even in a situation of normal delivery?" he asked.
In protest against Yadav's actions and statements, medical practitioners in Saharsa had struck work yesterday.
Indian Medical Association Bihar Chapter today held a meeting in the state capital and condemned the MP's act.
"When there is a regulatory body for doctors why is he targeting doctors by acting as extra constitutional authority?" IMA (Bihar Chapter) president Rajeev Ranjan Prasad said.
"Earlier, former RJD MP Mohammad Shahbuddin had targetted doctors to become hero in the eyes of people. Now Pappu Yadav is doing so," he said and demanded intervention of the state government.
Criticising Yadav, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said that the NDA had fought against such "lawlessness" spread by RJD men in the state and it seemed such situation had returned to haunt the people again.
Brushing aside BJP criticism, Yadav said, "Sushil Modi and BJP are anti-poor and have worked as tool of moneyed class."
Meanwhile, Bihar State Health Service Committee today sent a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan against Pappu Yadav's alleged action against doctors of Saharsa.
The letter signed by its Secretary Ajay Kumar, a copy of which was made available to media, complained that the MP had been unauthorisedly entering clinics of doctors and fixing their fee and other services.
Doctors refusing to obey the "diktat" were subjected to abuse and threat, it alleged.
"The MP is passing order to the doctors under the Clinical Establishment Act. But, the Centre has not yet formulated rules under it," the letter said.
Urging the Speaker to act against the MP, the letter said it could lead to flight of doctors from a backward area like Saharsa.