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HC asks for probe into allegations against hospitals

  • Published at 05:46 pm July 6th, 2020
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The High Court also issued four other directives to concerned authorities along with this. The inquiry report is to be submitted before it by July 21

The High Court has directed to conduct an inquiry into the reported allegations against some of the private and government hospitals regarding denial of treatment.

The High Court also issued four other directives to concerned authorities along with this. The inquiry report is to be submitted before it by July 21.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the directives on Monday after hearing from lawyers of five separate writ petitions. The lawyers  also submitted different media reports before the court.

The four others directives are:

— To take necessary steps so that the patients' – suffering from serious diseases like cancer and kidney problems – test reports are provided within 36 to 48 hours and their treatments are ensured at the hospitals concerned.

— To fix the retail and refilling prices of oxygen cylinders within 10 working days.

— If charged extra for oxygen cylinders,  to make it eligible to the public to lodge complaints with the Anti-Corruption Commission.

— To take necessary steps so that patients can lodge complaints to the offices concerned via email if anyone is deprived treatment at any hospital.

Barrister Aneek R Haque, Barrister AKM Ehsanur Rahman, Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, Advocate Jamiul Hoque Faisal, and Advocate Yeadia Zaman appeared for the writ petitions while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.

Earlier on July 2, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) submitted a compliance report to the same bench where it said that no complaints against any hospitals across the country were submitted regarding refusal of treatment to Covid-19 patients and those with other complications.

The report also mentioned that if any complaint against any government or private hospital is received that it has refused to provide treatment, strict action will be taken against the authorities concerned. 

According to the state lawyer, the government has directed the authorities concerned to fix and display the retail and refilling prices of oxygen cylinders at outlets and shops so that the customers are not charged extra. 

Earlier on June 16, the Supreme Court upheld three High Court directives while staying seven issued earlier over incidents of hospitals denying treatment to any potential patient amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

On June 15, the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim, in response to five separate writ petitions, observed that no patient, regardless of whether they were infected with Covid-19 or not, could be deprived of treatment at any hospital, both government and private.

The High Court also directed the government to take appropriate legal actions against those who were negligent in providing treatment to patients during this time of crisis.

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