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The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

The list of vi­o­la­tions by hos­pi­tals that can be sued un­der the new char­ter be­ing drafted by the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion

De­nial of emer­gency med­i­cal care in hos­pi­tals on the grounds that emer­gency treat­ment would be started only af­ter pay­ment is made by pa­tient or care­giver.

Pa­tients or care­givers not pro­vided ba­sic in­for­ma­tion re­lated to na­ture of treat­ment and re­lated costs in a pri­vate hospi­tal.

Pa­tients not given records or re­ports on de­mand dur­ing pe­riod of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion

De­nial of right to sec­ond opin­ion- pa­tient or care­giver not al­lowed to con­sult an­other spe­cial­ist dur­ing pe­riod of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion

De­nial of right to in­formed con­sent-proper in­for­ma­tion not pro­vided be­fore op­er­a­tion or other in­va­sive pro­ce­dure

Not re­spect­ing pa­tient’s pri­vacy, or not keep­ing con­fi­den­tial the pa­tient’s iden­tity

The dead body of a de­ceased pa­tient is not handed over to the rel­a­tives, un­til the full pay­ment of all ex­penses has been made to the hospi­tal. Sim­i­larly, new­born baby of a re­cently de­liv­ered mother is not handed over to the mother, un­til the full hospi­tal ex­penses have been paid

Pa­tient is co­erced into buy­ing medicines from a spe­cific med­i­cal store in the hospi­tal premises

Pa­tients rights de­nied dur­ing a clin­i­cal trial-proper in­formed con­sent not taken, full in­for­ma­tion not pro­vided etc

Pa­tient from eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tion de­nied treat­ment in a char­i­ta­ble/trust hospi­tal which is sup­posed to re­serve cer­tain pro­por­tion of beds for such pa­tients (only ap­pli­ca­ble in some states)

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