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HC: Stop operation of 14 hospitals, diagnostic centres

  • Published at 01:13 am September 12th, 2018
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Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel’s bench passed the order on Tuesday

The High Court has ordered to stop operations of 14 private hospitals and diagnostic centres that have been running without licences in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur.

Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel’s bench passed the order on Tuesday after hearing a writ petition filed by the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), reports UNB.

The director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the executive magistrate of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been asked to implement the order.

Manzill Murshid, who represented the petitioner, said a report of running hospitals without licence, located on Babar Road and Khijir Road was reported by a newspaper in April.

The HRPB moved the court on September 9.

The 14 hospitals and diagnostic centres are - BDM Hospital and diagnostic, Shebika General Hospital, Jonosheba Nursing Home and diagnostic Center, Life Care Nursing Home, Royal Multi Specialist Hospital Nawab Siraj-ud-Doulla Mental and Drug Addiction Hospital, Manmita Mental hospital, Plasma Service and Clinic, Shefa Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Islamia Mental Hospital, Crescent Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Makka Madina General hospital and Diagnostic, New Well Care Hospital and Bangladesh Trauma Specialised Hospital.

The court, Tuesday, also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the functioning of hospitals without a licence should not be declared illegal and why action should not be taken against those involved in running the hospitals without a licence.

Secretary to the Health Ministry, DGHS DG, police commissioner, officer-in-charge of Mohamamdpur police station, executive magistrate of RAB and four others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.