Govt hospitals in Uttarakhand to list reason for shifting patients to private facilities

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All government hospitals and centres in Dehradun will now have to maintain a register containing names of patients referred to private hospitals along with reasons why they could not be treated in the government facility

Dehradun: All government hospitals and centres in Dehradun will now have to maintain a register containing names of patientsreferred to private hospitalsalong with reasons why they could not be treated in the government facility.

District magistrate of Dehradun S A Murugesan has directed the chief medical officer of Dehradun to ensure that the orders are followed by hospitals as well as six community health centres that fall in Dehradun district.

The move comes following a complaint by city-based human rights activist Bhupender Kumar who alleged that many government doctors ran private clinics and referred patients to their own hospitals/clinics even in cases where the government centres were well-equipped to treat them.

A copy of the directions issued by the CMO (Dehradun) to government hospitals in the district which is with TOI stated: “In the janta durbar held on March 12, it was brought to our notice by an activist that patients in government hospitals are given incomplete treatment and referred to private clinics/hospitals due to which government hospitals are playing the role of referral centres. The suggestion by the activist is to maintain proper details of patients and reasons for referring them to private facilities rather than treating them in government hospitals. The hospital heads concerned should do the needful.”

Talking to TOI, Kumar said, “Some doctors in government hospitals tell patients to get treated in their private clinics instead of advising them to continue treatment in the government facility. The state government should take stern action against doctors and hospital staff involved in malpractices so I suggested at janta durbar to the district magistrate of maintaining register citing reason to refer patient to private clinic/hospital.”

Courtesy: Shivani Azad, ET
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