Telangana, AP told to file counter on steps to regulate pvt health sector
The High Court at Hyderabad was informed on Monday that the Orthopaedic surgeon of Global Hospitals, who had performed ‘height increasing surgery’ on software professional, Nikhi Reddy, was suspended by Telangana State Medical Council for a period of two years for indulging in unethical practices.
Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad was informed on Monday that the Orthopaedic surgeon of Global Hospitals, who had performed ‘height increasing surgery’ on software professional, Nikhi Reddy, was suspended by Telangana State Medical Council for a period of two years for indulging in unethical practices.
The division bench comprising Jusitce V Ramasubramanian and Justice J Uma Devi was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a journalist Narender Kazipeta seeking governmental regulation of private health sector and strengthening of public health.
The petitioner also sought specific action against big corporate private hospitals Global Hospitals, Care Hospitals and Apollo Hospitals and also few doctors for various unethical medical practices they were resorting to as they were causing great injury to persons.
The counsel for the petitioner informed the bench that after the filing of this PIL, the Telangana State Medical Council had taken action against six doctors, including the Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chandra Bhushan, who is a respondent in this case, for indulging in unethical practices.
Although this is a step forward, the larger issue of greater governmental regulation of private health sector to prevent such tragedies arising out of profit seeking remained to be addressed.
The petitioner highlighted the scam related to Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) funds misappropriated by various corporate hospitals and despite CBI investigation and findings no action had been taken against the guilty hospitals.
Similarly, the two State governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were not acting against guilty hospitals involved in the Arogyasri funds scam that was proved by the vigilance inquiries.
The petitioner also brought to the notice of the court about the utter neglect of governments in strengthening public health infrastructure.
He cited the instance of NIMS hospital built in over 100 acres of land in Bibinagar, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, but it remained unused for the last eight years since construction. The strong remarks passed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in this regard were also annexed to the PIL.
The division bench directed the respondents, including the two State governments, to file counter affidavits in this case within three weeks and adjourned the matter to February 13.