Demanding changes in Clinical Establishment Act, IMA to lock all private hospitals from Friday
Perturbed over what it has termed as the continuing apathy of the state government in incorporating changes in the Clinical Establishment Act, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced that it would shut down all the private hospitals and clinics for an indefinite period since February 15.
Addressing the media persons, the secretary of IMA, Dr D D Choudhury said that in view of the non- implementation of the already proposed ‘Uttarakhand Health Care Establishments Act’, the clinical establishments of the state are unable to register themselves with the government as per the directions of Uttarakhand High Court. “ In order to rouse the state government out of its slumber on the most important issue facing the clinical establishments, we have decided to close down our establishments voluntarily as the last resort,’’ he said.
The president of the association, Dr B S Judge said that the doctors have donned black badges on Wednesday by way of protest against the governmental apathy and they would continue to sport the same on February 14. He further said that all the clinics, private hospitals and nursing homes would be closed for indefinite period from February 15.
The association of private medical practitioners is demanding the modified clinical establishment act be implemented in the state at the earliest. It is also demanding the clinical establishments be not forced to adopt schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Atal Ayushman Yojana against their will.
Notably, IMA had submitted an exhaustive draft document of the Uttarakhand Healthcare Establishments Act in December last which, according to it, should replace the Clinical Establishment Act. It has been lying with the state administration, awaiting action. It would also be recalled that the Uttarakhand High Court (HC) in a landmark judgment had directed the state government to seal all such hospitals and clinics not registered under the Clinical Establishment Act. Acting on the order, the state administration had tightened its grip on private hospitals, an action which infuriated the IMA.
IMA wants that the act should not be passed in its present state. It has suggested that Uttarakhand government should follow the Haryana model of the act where all clinical establishments having less than 50 beds are exempted from the purview of the stringent provisions of the act. It also wants reduction in registration charges.
Thursday, 14 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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