West Bengal assembly passed bill to regulate private hospitals in State

The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (registration regulations transparency) Bill, 2017 was passed in the State Assembly with full support on 3rd March. The Bill proposes to repeal the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 (“Act”) and aims at bringing transparency, ending harassment of patients and checking medical negligence in private hospitals and nursing homes. The bill will have provisions to not only monitor private healthcare institutes but also to impose penalty in case of violations.

There are also provisions in the bill which states that private healthcare institutes cannot refuse admission and treatment in emergency cases such as acid attack, rape and accident victims. The hospital will have to admit these patients and begin treatment even if the patient could not afford the treatment immediately.

The bill comes in the wake of the deaths of a few patients in alleged cases of medical negligence against private hospitals in the state.

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