Representational photo. KOCHI: Wedged between corporate hospitals with deep pockets and a vastly improved public healthcare system, mid-level private hospitals across Kerala are either not paying their doctors on time or forcing them to accept drastic pay cuts. In some hospitals, they are even retrenching doctors. The most affected are 50 to 100-bed hospitals. Private medical colleges too are in this unenviable position — Of the 23 private medical colleges, only about five are at present paying their doctors on time. “It is true that many hospitals are unable to pay their doctors on time. Even senior specialist doctors […]

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