Ministry of Health and Family Welfare plans to implement “Charter of patients right” in public domain through State governments for the provision of proper health care to patients by clinical establishments. Health activist across the country have welcomed the move.
As per the recommendations of National Council of Clinical Establishment Act, suggestions are invited on the draft of Charters of patients rights as prepared by National Human Rights Commission for a period of 30 days.
The health activist across the country have welcomed the move. Dr Sanjay Dabhade, a health activist at Jan Abhiyan, said, “Around 80 per cent of the healthcare industry in the country is under private healthcare set up. This private sector is unregulated on many fronts. They are responsible to deliver transparent health care. Patients have the right to know what are they suffering from and what is the cost of the treatment. All these things will be ensured with the charter.”
Implementation of “Charter of patients right” was a long pending demand by many health activists across the country. Many cases of how patients rights are neglected were referred to health ministry since last many years. Health activists wants all states to implement this charter with good spirit.
Vinod Shende, another health activist from Pune, said, “The charter was necessary to regulate private healthcare industry. It is a welcome step and now it is important that all states implement it with good spirit.”