Hospitals and nursing homes under attack in Madhya Pradesh

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BHOPAL: Noting the lack of services, the health department has stepped up its actions against nursing homes and state hospitals. The department has issued show cause notices to medical institutions seeking a response to failures in the provision of medical treatment and health services to their patients. In Bhopal, actions have been taken against 250 retirement homes and hospitals.

According to doctors, the action against hospitals and nursing homes follows the high number of deaths during the second wave of Covid-19 in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh’s health department had canceled the licenses of as many as 60 hospitals after finding irregularities and violations under the MP Nursing Homes and Clinical Establishment Act 1973 and 1997 rules on August 2.

The health department had also sent notices to 301 hospitals in the state asking them to improve facilities and appoint at least three doctors each with MBBS degrees.

Following the high death toll in the second wave of coronavirus, the health department carried out inspections at 700 hospitals.

The inspection was carried out by chief medical officers and health workers in 52 districts in June and July.

City 250 medical facilities alert: Department of Health is taking action against hospitals and nursing homes statewide. In Bhopal, we are taking action against 250 hospitals and nursing homes for service failures. Rationale notices are issued for clarification. It has now become common practice. “

Dr Prabhakar Tiwari, CMHO Bhopal

Health authorities had received the complaint that private hospitals were charging exorbitant prices but failed to provide required services, including oxygen and medicine.

An internal health ministry investigation found that scores of people had died due to delayed treatment and poor services in private hospitals.

In many hospitals, the team failed to find resident doctors. Most medical institutions had homeopaths and Ayush physicians while qualified allopathic physicians were simply visiting professors. In many hospitals, the team could not find intensive care units and operating rooms, oxygen beds, ventilators and other basic facilities.

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Posted on: Sunday October 03, 2021 23:07 IST


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