The much debated Clinical Establishment Bill might finally get to see the light of day, as Union Health Minister J P Nadda has written to all states asking them to implement the Clinical Establishment Act.
The medical fraternity and health activist across the state have welcomed this step taken by the central government.
Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President Elect, IMA, said, “We welcome the step taken by the government. Our only request is there should be a single window clearance for registrations of all hospitals. The policy of ‘ease of doing business’ should be followed. Also, the government should not fix the price for different treatments offered and it should be left to the doctors to decide about it. The act, if implemented will ensure the transparency as the rates will be displayed by all hospitals.”
Abhijeet More, convenor of Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, an NGO which has been demanding the implementation of the act, said, “We have presented our demand for implementing the act to Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the Health Minister of the state in the last week. We have been demanding this since a long time, stating that the bill which was designed three years back should be passed and implemented.”
He added, “The central government’s step is a welcome initiative. If the bill is implemented, there will be some standard treatment protocol. Also, all the hospitals and clinics will be registered and will come under the vigilance of the state. The patients rights will be made clear to them and they will also get legal protection.”