PIL: Fix minimum healthcare standard and rates for hospitals | India News


NEW DELHI: At a time when 70% of patient care is provided by private sector healthcare institutions, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought responses from the Centre, states and Union Territories on a PIL seeking implementation of minimum standards of healthcare and display of rate chart for treatments by all hospitals as per Clinical Establishments Act, 2010.
A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Surya Kant issued notices to all states, UTs and National Human Rights Commission and said, “Let’s hope the governments will respond positively.”
Appearing for NGO ‘Jan Swasthya Abhiyan’, senior advocate Sanjay Parikh said with the focus shifting from strengthening the public sector healthcare system to private sector, only 30% of patients get treatment from government owned hospitals and healthcare centres. With privatisation of the healthcare system, the patients are getting fleeced by the private hospitals and clinics as there is no enforcement of the Clinical Establishment Act of 2010 and the relevant Rules framed in 2012.
Parikh said the Union government, in consultation with states, is yet to frame and notify “conditions for registrations: minimum standards of facilities and services; minimum requirement of personnel; provisions of maintenance of records and reporting; fixation of rates for each type of procedure and services within the range of rates determined by the central government issued from time to time.”
He said in the absence of framing and notifying the minimum standards, the clinical establishments in 17 states and UTs are operating on the basis of provisional registration.
The PIL, filed through advocate Srishti Agnihotri, sought a direction to the Centre to “operationalise all the provisions of the 2010 Act and 2012 Rules, and among others, direct that the conditions for registration which include the observance of minimum standards, display and observance of determined rates for procedures and services.”


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