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 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.