Telangana health minister Eatala Rajender (File photo)
HYDERABAD: After a slew of complaints of unethical practices received against private hospitals, state health minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday decided to form a committee to conduct inquiries into each of the complaints. Slamming such hospitals, he said the government will initiate strict action — including cancellation of licenses — against those found resorting to unscrupulous means by the committee.
“We will not refrain from taking serious action including cancellation of licenses and booking of cases under relevant sections of the Medical Act,” health minister Eatala Rajender told STOI following a review meeting. Apart from being accused of creating an artificial shortage of beds, private hospitals have also been called out for charging exorbitant sums of money, throwing out patients when they turn critical, among other things.
In fact, recent enquiries by district medical and health officers (DMHOs) found out at least ten hospitals of unethical practices. Other complaints reviewed during Saturday’s meeting were exorbitant charges levied in the name of PPE kits, ICU fee and higher staff salaries.
“Sometimes as much as 10 times the fee is being collected and patients are being forced to pay ?3 lakh to ?4 lakh advance money. Also, denial of handing over of the body unless the pending dues are cleared is noticed. Hospitals are admitting people without any symptoms and charging lots of money and when the patient becomes serious, they are dumping them in an ambulance and sending to the government hospital,” read an official statement regarding the complaints.