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Delhi Govt. panel recommendations for city hospitals soon

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The Delhi Government’s expert committee will present its recommendations on the norms to be followed by city hospitals soon. Few of the forthcoming recommendations of the nine-member panel headed by the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) are meant to be applied to both Government and private, while others would be applicable only for private hospitals. The members on the panel include Indian Medical Association president Dr KK Aggarwal, Delhi Medical Council president Dr Arun Gupta, former president of Delhi Medical Association, Dr RK Gupta, and experts from the Government. “A large part of the work is over as we have analysed the data on hospitals and nursing homes and will be submitting our recommendations to the Government” said a member of the committee pleading anonymity. It may be recalled that Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that the committee formed on December 13 has been requested to submit its recommendations by December 31. Earlier while announcing the constitution of the panel, Jain had said that it would also recommend the Delhi Government to follow the norms that are to be followed by private hospitals in the city, including on capping the margin of profit from the sale of medicines.
“They will not be mere recommendations. The Delhi Government will use them to come up with protocols related to medical services,” the Health Minister had then said. Jain had said his department had received several complaints related to alleged overcharging, refusal or delay in providing immediate medical care to victims of crime or road accidents, or hospitals compelling patients to purchase drugs from in-house pharmacy, rude behaviour by healthcare workers and delay in initiating medico-legal cases. The committee was constituted by the City Government after the shocking treatment meted to premature twins by the doctors of Max Shalimarbagh hospital on November 30 last. While one of the babies was still born, the other was handed over to parents as ‘dead’ despite being alive. This had sent shock waves across the national Capital. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had vowed to take tough action against the hospital. Delhi Government had suspended the licence of Max Shalimarbagh which was later revoked by the Financial Commissioner a quasi judicial body.

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