Soon stringent law to regulate private hospitals

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The Maharashtra government, on Friday, told the Bombay High Court that it was in the process of formulating a stringent law, on the lines of the Centre’s Clinical Establishments Act, to regulate private nursing homes and hospitals in the state.

Appearing for the state, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told the court that the draft plan for such law was already in place, and the government was in the process of finalising some amendments.

The submissions were made before a bench of justices Naresh Patil and G S Kulkarni.

Advocate Yuvraj Narvankar, appearing for the petitioner, said, “The medical bodies are bound to oppose the framing of rules which would regulate them but the government should notify them at the earliest in the general public interest.”

Bhosale, in his petition, had mentioned that he had lost his father after an under qualified doctor had performed a faulty surgery in 2014. Later, Bhosale discovered that only 326 clinics/hospitals in Pune are registered under the aforementioned Act, although more than 4,500 clinics/hospitals were operational in the area.

The PIL appealed against the failure of the authorities to implement the Act, alleging that it is a threat to the right to life as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.