West Bengal brings a Bill to put an end to harassment of patients at Hospitals

RSTV Bureau

Aiming to put an end to harassment of patients and their relatives during treatment at hospitals, West Bengal government is all set to move a new Bill in the state Assembly on Friday.

Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017 proposed to make provisions to ensure transparent functioning of clinical establishments, particularly private hospitals and nursing homes.

“The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017 is scheduled to be placed before the House on Friday for introduction, discussion and passing,” Speaker Biman Banerjee said

Siliguri : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Bagdogra airport in Siliguri on Monday.  PTI Photo

Siliguri : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Bagdogra airport in Siliguri on Monday. PTI Photo

Concerned over increasing allegations of medical negligence and excessive charging following the death of patients in private Hospital, Mamata Banerjee government is decided to replace the existing West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010.

State government officials said the provisions of the new Bill would ensure proper treatment of patients within reasonable and legitimate expenses and protect them from unnecessary harassment.

Besides making registration and licensing procedures more stringent, the new Bill would have penal provisions against violation of laid down procedures.

Penal provision would also be there against lapses on the part of clinical establishments and doctors involved in it, they said.

Provisions would also be there to set up a West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission by the state government for regulation and supervision of the functioning and activities of clinical establishments, the officials added

The Chief Minister, who is also the state health minister, met with representatives of private hospitals in the last week of February and said healthcare service was “not a commercial proposition and only a service or seva” and that healthcare service should be delivered to recipients with humility.