BH CORRESPONDENT: Kolkata: After being flooded with complaints of patients being refused by private hospitals and some even demanding non-coronavirus certificate from the patients before admission, the West Bengal health department has issued an advisory regarding the “need or normalisation of privately-run health services” on Friday.
In this advisory, Vivek Kumar, state heath department’s principal secretary said that while the Bengal government’s attention is focused on the containment and management of COVID-19, it is also necessary to ensure that non-COVID essential services are provided to those who need them.
“There are reports that patients in need of regular critical care, related to blood transfusion, dialysis, chemotherapy, obstetric care, institutional deliveries, immunizations etc are facing hardship due to private hospitals. Healthcare facilities are either remaining non-functional or turning away patients out of fear of contracting COVID 19. Some hospitals are insisting on COVID free certificates before allowing the patients in. This situation needs to be addressed soon,” said the principal secretary in his advisory.
The state government has been flooded with complaints regarding the refusal of patients across Bengal by these private hospitals. They even refused to admit the patients who needed emergency hospitalization and treatment. Patients having fever and suffering from non-COVID diseases are being refused admission.
Complaints were also made that these hospitals even demanded from the patient to obtain non-COVID certificate from Beliaghata ID Hospital before admitting the patient.
“All private hospitals and healthcare facilities are directed to undertake a plan for time bound resumption/normalisation of services subject to the government’s general instruction relating to the lockdown issued from time to time,” said the advisory.
The advisory also reminded, “Failure to adhere to the above shall be viewed adversely and shall make the health facilities concerned liable for penal action under the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Act.”