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Posted at: Apr 15, 2017, 12:32 AM; last updated: Apr 15, 2017, 12:32 AM (IST)

Most pvt hospitals fail to register under clinical Act

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 14

Despite the enactment of the Clinical Establishment Act (2010) in the state, it continues to be in limbo due to the non-compliance by private clinics and hospital owners.

The Department of Medical and Health has so far shown little interest in ensuring all the hospitals and clinics follow norms listed in the Act.

Though Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Om Prakash had said they would take action against those not following the norms laid down in the Act, no action had been taken in this regard. The previous government had taken steps to bring in the legislation, but the present regime had shirked from taking steps against those not complying with the Act.

Significantly, the Uttarakhand Government had framed its own rules for the implementation of the Central Act. However, members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have been at loggerheads with the government on several issues, leading to delay in registration of private clinical establishments.

The Act’s proper enforcement in the state is important as there are several private hospitals and clinics functioning without proper accredition and employ unqualified staff.

In Dehradun, only 42 private clinics have registered themselves under the Act, though the guidelines came into effect last year.

The last date for registration of the clinics under the Act was March 31, which has already passed, we have been forced to give private clinics extra time by the end of this month,” said Dr YS Thapliyal, CMO, Dehradun.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that private clinic owners have started pressurising the new government to bring in some changes to the rules and regulations. 

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