Jan Arogya Abhiyan initiated ‘Patient’s Voice, Citizen’s Initiative Campaign’ and organised a vote for patient’s rights in different parts of Pune, from June 15-30.
The results revealed, “Around 98% voted in favour of bringing private hospitals under regulatory framework. 99% voters felt that there is a need to improve public hospitals. And around 99% demanded enactment of legislation to protect patient’s rights.”
The voting process was conducted at more than 80 places in Pune and whopping 21,351 votes were cast. Along with, government employees, doctors, nurses, IT professionals, unorganized workers, waste pickers, domestic maid, farmers, farm labourers, senior citizens, sex workers, people belonging to nomadic tribe community, auto drivers, teachers. People from several residential societies, slums, villages, laughter clubs, companies, colleges, self-help groups and Dnyaneshwar wari, also participated and casted their votes.
Dr Abhijit More, Co-convener of Jan Arogya Abhiyaan explained, “Maharashtra Clinical Establishment Bill is pending since past three years. And, in order to bring private hospitals under regulatory framework. The bill needs to see light of the day, with certain modifications and inclusion of charter of patient’s rights, along with grievance redressal mechanism. MLAs and political parties need to work in public interest. He also informed, “Findings of the survey will be handed over to the Government. And we will ensure that, private hospitals come under regulatory framework, patient’s rights are protected and public health care is improved.”
The findings were based on three questions — Should Maharashtra government regulate and standardise private hospitals to check commercialisation? Should Maharashtra government take concrete steps to improve quality of care in public hospitals? Should the government immediately enact legislation to protect patient’s rights?
Meanwhile, Jan Arogya Abhiyan is also planning to initiate the same campaign in Mumbai.