– Willingness of private hospitals
– There are no doctors even with certificates
– Medical services with consultants
– Raise your hands if the condition of patients worsens…
– Will the situation change with the latest orders of the government?
(Andhra Jyoti Representative, Karimnagar)
Medicine has become the main business in the district. Private hospitals are mushrooming in the district center. There is criticism that even if there are no doctors or proper nursing staff, private hospitals are getting permission to operate only by showing doctor’s certificates. RMPs, PMPs and ambulance drivers in rural areas are being lured by commissions in hospitals that do not have even the minimum facilities. There are criticisms that when the condition worsens after a few treatments, they are told to take him to the big hospitals or even Hyderabad. There are also many cases where patients have died and discussed with their family members to ensure that there are no such cases. As many complaints have been received against such hospitals, the state government is ready to crack down on unlicensed hospitals.
Government orders the authorities to conduct inspections
The government has also decided to take action against hospitals that do not provide proper infrastructure, medical equipment, sanitation etc. Director of Medical Health Department Dr. Gadala Srinivas Rao issued a circular to all district medical officers and ordered them to conduct inspections in all hospitals and diagnostic centers within ten days and submit a report. It is advised to take strict action against the hospitals, diagnostic centers, doctors and medical staff who do not follow the rules as per the Clinical Establishment Act. In this context, while the district medical and health department is making arrangements for the same, the owners of the private hospitals have been alerted.
There are 368 private hospitals in the district
There are 368 private nursing homes, clinics and dental hospitals in the district. 39 diagnostic centers with scanning and pathological labs are functioning. All these are registered and maintained by the owners of the respective companies. Applications have been made for permission to operate 33 more hospitals. About 15 organizations are running hospitals by making only applications without permits. In order to get permission to run a hospital, there should be one doctor with MBBS in it. The concerned doctor must have registered and obtained a certificate to practice the profession of doctor in the Telangana Medical Council. There are many organizations that only produce certificates and get permission to run hospitals. Without any doctor, nursing staff is appointed and in case of patients, doctors who are consultants are called and provide medical services. Due to the absence of a resident doctor, patients are losing their lives without medical services in serious cases. Those with money rent buildings and set up hospitals and do medical business and are playing with the lives of patients. The owners of the hospitals are taking municipal permissions for running the hospitals but the buildings are not in accordance with the norms. Fire safety regulations are not being followed in many hospitals. Parking and pollution board permits are also not available. If the ICU is run in the hospitals, the staff who have completed B.Sc Nursing will have to take care of the patients. There are many hospitals running ICUs with ANMs. While most of the hospitals have to display the charges for the medical services, there are many organizations that do not follow the rules. In some hospitals, there are criticisms that the charts of charges taken for medical services are being set up, but they are being charged excessively without considering them in billing. In hospitals with 30 or more beds, if two operation theaters are run, the management will have to inform the authorities of income tax details.
dYognostic centers are the same way
There are criticisms that diagnostic centers do not follow radiology norms. Although medical tests are necessary for diagnosis, there are criticisms that many hospitals are collecting money by doing various types of blood tests and other tests whether they are necessary or not. They are turning medicine into a business by setting up their own labs, diagnostic centers and medical shops. The medicines prescribed by the doctor are available only in the medical shop attached to the hospital. In some hospitals, they are emptying their pockets by placing orders with different companies and making an agreement that only those medicines are available with them and selling them to MRP. Some of the RMPs and PMPs are messing with the lives of patients by setting up beds and providing medical services in clinics without any permission as if they are not less than themselves. There are criticisms that such hospitals are turning medicine into a business and making money, but the Department of Medicine and Health is playing a spectator role. If the hospitals are properly monitored and regular inspections are conducted, the situation is likely to improve. Criticism is coming that private hospitals are being given a clean chit by charging money for renewal of permissions every year, giving priority to whether they have applied for permissions. People are waiting for the situation to improve as the state government has decided to crack down on hospitals that do not comply with the regulations.