Kerala Private Hospitals Association to Challenge New Bill

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KOCHI: The Kerala Private Hospitals’ Association has come up against the state government decision to introduce the Kerala Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2013.

The association leaders said the clauses in the bill were meant to help corporates, and it would result in the closure of smaller hospitals.

The association also said it would move a court if the government went ahead its plan to introduce the bill. “Many clauses are against small hospitals. For instance, corridors of hospital should have a width of at least eight feet while most of the small hospitals the width is around six feet,” said Hussain Koya Thangal, general secretary of the association.

“Another condition is that there should an MBBS doctors in the ICU 24×7. Then, at least four doctors will have to be deployed for ICU duty. Moreover, the bill envisages penalty for the staff working in hospitals which fail to adhere to these conditions. For example, if a doctor is working in such a hospital, he or she will have to pay Rs 25,000 as fine,” he said.

Source: TimesofIndia

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