Srinagar: Authorities have decided to monitor the working of private hospitals in Kashmir including checking the credentials of local and non-local doctors working in them for the safety of patients.
Besides, private hospitals and clinics have also to undergo the registration process. This comes after two back-to-back cases of alleged medical negligence at a private hospital in Srinagar.
Pertinently, authorities have sealed the Operation Theatre of the hospital while directing the concerned not to carry out any surgical procedures till the completion of the inquiry.
“Like government hospitals, the working of private hospitals has also to be monitored. It has also been decided to regularly check the facilities in hospitals. Besides, all private hospitals and clinics have to get registered,” the official said.
There are around 45 private hospitals and nursing homes registered with the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK). Besides, there is also no regulation of rates and patients are being charged as per the will of proprietors of these hospitals. There are also variations in tests in privately run medical labs.
As per the rules, it is mandatory for every doctor to obtain counsel registration before doing the practice in the Valley.
The registration is only being issued once the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir verifies the degrees from the Medical Council of India and the concerned institutions.
However, nothing such as per the officials is being followed by non-local doctors, who do practice in private hospitals in the Valley, officials said.
“We don’t know the credentials of the outside medicos serving in private hospitals and clinics. There must be accountability from where these doctors have received the degrees. It has been decided to make all these hospitals accountable and also monitor their working,” an official of the Health Department said.
The Health Department had issued directives to private hospitals several times to provide the details of medicos serving there. “They only provide the details of local doctors but not the outsiders who come from different parts of the country and treat patients in these hospitals,” the official said.
If there is any negligence on part of non-local doctors, the official said they could be charged with “murder charges” as they practicing “illegally”.
Those who go outside for studies shall make proper verification whether the institutions are registered, the official said.
“Government has asked officers to ensure that private hospitals submit the list of all the doctors and check their credentials,” the official added. (KINS)