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High Court orders hospitals to display price charts of medical tests in 15 days

  • Published at 11:43 pm July 24th, 2018
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The division bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam issued the order following a writ petition filed on public interest

The High Court on Tuesday asked authorities concerned to take necessary steps to display price charts of various medical tests in public places of private clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres within fifteen days.

The division bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam issued the order following a writ petition filed on public interest.

The health secretary, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council have been asked to implement the order.

The court also asked the concerned authorities to form a special committee to make a policy according to the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance, 1982 and implement it within 60 days.

Further, the court also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the authorities should not be asked to form a policy according to the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (regulation) Ordinance, 1982 to approve licenses of hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers and monitor the health services.

The government was also asked to explain why directives should not be issued to all the sadar (general) hospitals across the country to install Intensive Care (ICU) and Coronary Care Units (CCU).

Health Secretary, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council, inspector general of police, and director general of Rapid Action Battalion have been made respondents to the rule.

Advocate Bashir Ahmed stood for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Masud Hasan Chowdhury represented the state.

Shah Alam, a treasurer of Human Rights Lawyers and Securing Environment Society of Bangladesh, filed the writ petition on July 11 seeking a chart of charges of medical tests.