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Action against errant hospitals

india Updated: Jul 11, 2007 00:41 IST
Dharmendra Jore
Dharmendra Jore
Hindustan Times
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The charitable private/public trust hospitals, which have denied free or concessional treatment to 11/7 victims, may face government action. The government had asked these hospitals to treat them because it had given them land at concessional rates and several other
benefits.

"We’ve received several complaints against some hospitals," said Relief and Rehabilitation Principal Secretary Ramesh Kumar, without naming the hospitals. "We will examine the complaints and discuss them with the Medical Education Department so action is initiated against the erring hospitals."

As per government guidelines, the charitable private/public trust hospitals are required to provide free treatment to the needy. They have to have specific number of beds reserved for those who cannot afford high treatment costs. But, very few abide by the guidelines.

Kumar said the issue should be re-examined. "I also understand that some hospitals have moved court against the government guidelines."

When asked if the state would expedite rehabilitation of blast victims, Kumar said rehabilitation was the Indian Railways’ responsibility. "The state has been prompt. But we will see to it that better coordination exists between the agencies involved in blast-related cases."

So far, the state has spent Rs 4.56 crore in compensation to the kin of dead and those injured.