Hos­pi­tals can be sued for rule vi­o­la­tion soon

Char­ter of Pa­tients’ Rights set to be ap­proved by NHRC to reg­u­late pri­vate health care sys­tem in coun­try

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

THE NA­TIONAL Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) will soon give ap­proval for a ‘Char­ter of Pa­tients’ Rights’, framed by its core com­mit­tee on health.

The 16-points draft, if ap­proved, will be adopted na­tion­ally. Speak­ing at the State-level con­sul­ta­tion on Reg­u­la­tion of Pri­vate Sec­tor and Com­mu­nity Ac­tion for Health in Tamil Nadu on Fri­day, Ab­hay Shukla, a mem­ber of the core com­mit­tee on Health, NHRC, said the char­ter has been drafted as there is no mech­a­nism to reg­u­late the pri­vate

health care sys­tem in the coun­try. “The draft must be ap­proved by the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion. The ap­proval is likely to be given in a month or so. Once, it gets the ap­proval, the draft will be dis­played in the NHRC web­site. If any of the rights men­tioned in the draft are vi­o­lated, the NHRC can is­sue no­tice to the hospi­tal or the med­i­cal pro­fes­sional in­volved,” Shukla added.

Even seven years af­ter the en­act­ment of the Clin­i­cal Es­tab­lish­ments (Reg­is­tra­tion and Reg­u­la­tion) Act, 2010, by the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide for reg­is­tra­tion and reg­u­la­tion of all clin­i­cal es­tab­lish­ments in the coun­try, many states in­clud­ing Tamil Nadu have not en­acted the law yet, said Ameerkhan, Na­tional Con­venor, Peo­ple’s Health Move­ment.

One of the key rights recog­nised by the draft char­ter has been that no per­son can be de­nied emer­gency med­i­cal care on grounds that the pa­tient was un­able to make a pay­ment.

Some of the other rights men­tioned in the draft are pro­vid­ing of in­for­ma­tion re­lated to na­ture of treat­ment and re­lated costs in a pri­vate hospi­tal, ac­cess to med­i­cal records and re­ports dur­ing hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, and right to get a sec­ond opin­ion.

The Con­sul­ta­tion was or­gan­ised by Peo­ple’s Health Move­ment and Makkal Nalavazvu Iyakkam. Thol Thiru­mavala­van, pres­i­dent, Vidutha­lai Siruthai­gal Party and U Va­suki, Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Mem­ber, CPI(M) also par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing.

AMIT BANDRE

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