Maharashtra government is set to introduce a Bill against the cut practice by doctors in the upcoming monsoon session of the state legislature which will make provisions for punishment under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, to be applicable to doctors and others who are found guilty of the practice. If passed, the guilty will face minimum imprisonment of six months, extending up to five years. It has appointed a committee to draft the law and once the cabinet approves it, it will be tabled in the monsoon session of the state assembly. Under the proposed Act, receiving gratification for referring patients to specialist doctors or ordering medical tests from one particular lab or even receiving expensive gifts from pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories or hospital chains on special occasions like birthdays, marriage anniversaries, children’s weddings etc will be considered a criminal act. The basic aim is to end the cut practice and bring down the cost of treatment.