This decision is taken to hide corruption in health sector, says its chief
Law enforcement agencies have to obtain permission from the ministry before conducting raids at government and private hospitals, according to a recent directive.
“People behind this decision, or at least some of them, may have thought that the masterminds may be revealed in the process of capturing the small players, which may become risky for them” said Dr Iftekharuzzaman, the executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh.
“The hospital authorities—government or private—who have influenced this decision aren’t confident at all that they can fulfill their responsibilities properly or ethically, without corruption,” he said in a video statement.
If they did their jobs properly, prior permissions would not be an issue, and the word raid would not instil fear in their minds, according to Iftekharuzzaman.
“The recent raids created a scope to expose the corruption in the health sector, be it in state-run or private hospitals It is hard to consider this decision, to make the law enforcement agencies obtain permission before conducting a raid, as anything other than a way to prevent that from happening”, he added.