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Frame guidelines for private hospitals to treat poor, HC asks Odisha govt

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 22:

Odisha High Court on Friday asked Odisha government to frame guidelines to make it mandatory for private nursing homes to treat poor patients free of cost.

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A two-member bench consisting of Justice AK Rath and Justice Bidyut Ranjan Sarangi issued this directive while hearing a PIL filed by Odia Yuva Mancha President Rohan Mohanty.

It may be mentioned that Supreme Court of India has issued a directive to make sure private hospitals, which receive land at subsidized rates from the government, must treat 25% outdoor and 10% indoor patients free of cost. The Odisha governmet has also issued a notification in this regard asking hospitals to follow the rule. However, the guideline is rarely followed by private hospitals.

The Health and GA department of the Odisha government filed an affidavit and submitted in the court an incomplete list of private hospitals which have availed subsidized land. The court instead asked the government to submit the complete list of hospitals which have got land at concessional rates.

Counsel for the state governmet assured the court that the government is working on a set of guidelines to force private players to adhere to the norms.