Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Gujarat HC stays Private firm from charging patients

Gujarat high court has asked Cadila Healthcare Ltd not to charge patients who come to Dahod’s General Civil Hospital for treatment.

A bench headed by acting Chief Justice A S Dave last week restrained the private company from charging any fees from patients after four residents of Dahod filed a PIL last year. The high court passed an interim order till April 4 and said, “Meanwhile, Respondent No 9 (Cadila Healthcare Ltd) is restrained from charging any fees towards any treatment for any ailment from any patient who approaches for medical treatment.”

The PIL filed through advocate Ruturaj Meena has taken exception to privatisation of the district hospital by the state government in order to create a self-financed medical college. The petitioners have complained before the court that the private company has violated the terms of the agreement of transfer of the hospital management.

The petitioners have claimed the private management of the hospital is charging poor patients for medical services which were given free till 2017. The company has even changed the name of the hospital in violation of its agreement with the government.

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