As a responsible educated citizen support the cause of the doctors against KPMEA
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Dear fellow citizens ,you are all aware about the pathetic conditions and apathy in government hospitals. We get world-class health care only in private hospitals and the relentless service of these private doctors.
Imagine a situation where you lose this option due to the whom of some uneducated politicians who play vote bank politics .Kindly take some time to analyse the situation and spread the message to support these doctors and their cause.
The root of such anger is the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (Amendments)Bill 2017. While exempting the Government hospitals the bill provides for criminal prosecution and compensatory mechanisms against private doctors and private hospitals. In grave injustice the Government has also attempted fixing charges of consultation and procedures in private hospitals and clinics.
Earlier in a similar legislation the Government of West Bengal introduced an oppressive Clinical Establishment Act on the doctors and hospitals of West Bengal. The redressal and amendments promised by the Chief Minister have not fructified either. These legislations are emboldening other states to bring in such oppressive bills aswell.
Governments have no Locus standi in fixing charges for consultation and procedures in private hospitals and clinics. There are no parameters to measure the skill and expertise of the doctors.
Criminal proceedings against doctors and hospitals on medical negligence cannot be initiated arbitrarily under the Clinical Establishment Act.
In the absence of appropriate compensatory mechanism, the Governments cannot pass on the responsibility of emergency patients and the patients who die to private hospitals.
Any law regarding hospitals and clinics should apply equally to Government hospitals and private hospitals.
It is seen that the state is passing on its duty to provide healthcare to the private sector by default. A general trend of closure of small and medium private hospitals is already emerging in the country.
Such unbearable legislations may push them to extinction resulting in overall rise in healthcare cost. Catastrophic health care costs are the single largest reason for pushing people below poverty line.
Under the above circumstances I request you to really support your doctor who has served you relentlessly.Do the right thing please.
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