The state government will withdraw the facilities to private charitable hospitals that are not complying with the guidelines for reserving 20% beds for poor and weaker sections of the society.
Taking a serious note of the issue, last week, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for the formation of a committee to control irregularities and warned hospitals that the concessions granted to them will be withdrawn if they refused to treat poor patients.
The government runs several schemes such as the Rajiv Gandhi Jivandayi Yojana wherein it pays for treating the poor. Also, the Bombay Public Trust Act requires charitable hospitals, which have been allotted lands at nominal rates, to reserve 10% beds for the economically backward classes and another 10% for socially weaker sections.
The hospitals are liable for treating the poor for free as they get concessions in land rate, tax rebate, and extra floor space index.
Earlier, legislators had complained that that several high-profile charitable hospitals were not obeying the condition. Health minister Suresh Shetty had said that some hospitals had turned away several patients claiming that they had fulfilled the prescribed quota of beds.
However, the chief minister has directed the chief secretary to form a committee to control the irregularities and monitor the hospitals to ensure that the specified amount of patients are treated.
The committee has been asked to submit its recommendations in six months.