Punjab govt planning regulatory body to monitor private hospitals | punjab | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jun 23, 2017-Friday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Punjab govt planning regulatory body to monitor private hospitals

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Maur, Jagdev Singh, had raised the issue of alleged fleecing of patients in private hospitals across the state. “Yes, we are receiving complaints (against private hospitals),” said Mohindra. “Patients are being fleeced in the name of exorbitant medicines and room rent. A monitoring body for private hospitals is on the cards.”

punjab Updated: Jun 19, 2017 21:21 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjab hospital

The Punjab government is planning to set up a regulatory body to monitor functioning of private hospitals in the state. Health and family welfare minister Brahm Mohindra made this disclosure while replying to a query during the Question Hour in the state assembly.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Maur, Jagdev Singh, had raised the issue of alleged fleecing of patients in private hospitals across the state.

“Yes, we are receiving complaints (against private hospitals),” said Mohindra. “Patients are being fleeced in the name of exorbitant medicines and room rent. A monitoring body for private hospitals is on the cards.”

The regulatory body will monitor the room rent and “excessive” medicines prescribed to the patients, he said. However, the minister did not mention any deadline for setting up the body.

‘Social pensions to be credited every 3 months’

The Punjab government will be transferring social security pensions directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries collectively every three months.

“There has been a backlog of many months in the distribution of pensions because of the mess created by the previous government,” said social security minister Razia Sultana, responding to a query by Congress MLA Nathu Ram. “But now our government has released ₹274 crore to clear the backlog. The pensioners in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana districts will get the pensions for up to December 2016 while the remaining will get these till January 2017.”

Meanwhile, on fellow Congress MLA Randeep Singh Nabha’s question on fulfilling the pre-poll promise of domestic and commercial power at ₹5 per unit, power minister Rana Gurjit Singh evaded a reply.

“Time cannot be specific,” said Rana.