Published at: The Daily Star, March 08, 2019
The High Court yesterday sought a report from the government on whether private hospitals are providing 10 percent bed and treatment facilities to poor and helpless patients free of cost, as per relevant law.
It also issued a rule asking authorities to explain why they should not be directed to take steps to ensure it.
Health secretary and director general of directorate of health services have been asked to submit the report on May 8, while they alongside chairpersons of all private hospitals have been made respondents to the rule.
The report must specify which private hospitals are complying with the relevant provision of the Private Medical College Establishment and Operation Rules (Amendment), 2011, and which are not, Deputy Attorney Motaher Hossain Sazu told The Daily Star.
The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Md Abu Towhid Bhuiyan Prince.
He submitted the petition as public interest litigation to the HC on February 20 saying that private hospitals are supposed to provide 10 percent bed and treatment facilities to poor patients free of cost, but the rules are not being followed by hospitals.