The Communist Party of India (CPI) here criticised the city private hospitals' authorities for charging exorbitantly from its patients for treatment.
Husan Lal, managing director of Punjab Health System Corporation, said if he received any complaint regarding excess charges by any private hospitals, he would refer the case to Punjab Medical Council (PMC).
DP Maur, secretary of CPI, Ludhiana, welcomed Lal's statement and said Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana had issued a circular recently that any patient in need of ICU had to deposit Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000 for ventilator.
Maur said the circular was against human rights, violation of direction of the Supreme Court and medical ethics.
"The residents of Ludhiana had vehemently opposed the circular, but the management of the hospital has not withdrawn it.
The residents also filed a complaint with the PMC, asking them to take appropriate action, but the council has slept over the complaint despite the Medical Council of India (MCI) asking the PMC to act over the complaint," said Maur adding, "I hope that Lal will stick to his words and direct the PMC to take action against the hospital."