Not ‘Treating’ Poor: Govt warns 44 Pvt hospitals, puts guidelines

Noncompliance may lead to cancellation of NOC, allotment of
Bhubaneswar: In pursuance of the direction of the Supreme
Court, the Health and Family Welfare department on Friday issued a notification
instructing all private hospitals and nursing homes, who have been allotted Government
land at subsidised rates, to submit monthly reports on compliance with the
norms of free treatment for 25 per cent of out patients department (OPD) and 10
per cent of their indoor capacity to BPL (Below Poverty Line) patients.
The notification issued by the Health Secretary PK Mohapatra
made it clear that the reservation should be applied without fail across all
departments or units of the hospitals.
Releasing a list of 44 private hospitals, medical colleges
and hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and medical speciality
units in Bhubaneswar which have been allotted land, the notification stated
that the hospitals have to submit the information in a stipulated format to
Director Medical Education and Training (DMET) by the 10th of every month.
“Any negligence or failure to comply with the instructions
in time will be viewed seriously and action, including cancellation of NOC as
well as allotment of land, will be initiated,” the notification warned.
The Government has also directed hospitals to display
detailed information on free treatment for poor patients in both English and
Odia in most prominent places of their hospitals.
Among the hospitals who have got a good amount of land at a
throwaway rates are Bhubaneswar Eye Research Institute at Chandrasekharpur (10
acres), Kalinga Hospital (10 acres), AMRI Hospital (5 acres), LIC HFL Care
Homes (5 acres), Care Hospital Pvt Ltd (4 acres), KIMSMCH (27 acres), SUM
Hospital (15 acres) and Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar (7 acres).

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