AMC fine private hospitals for violating MoU conditions

  • | Wednesday | 10th June, 2020

After serving notice to a private hospital for charging for COVID 19 test, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation slaps Rs 5 lakh fine on 2 private hospitals for violating MoU conditions

Two private hospitals, designated for COVID-19 treatment, were fined Rs 5 lakh each for turning away infected persons and charging fees from patients sent by the civic body in Gujarat``s Ahmedabad city.

Bodyline Hospital in Paldi area had charged Rs 4,500 from an AMC-referred patient for his Covid-19 test, following which the civic body issued a notice to the hospital on June 3 seeking an explanation.

Thereafter, a report was received by the AMC from IAS officer Dr Manish Kumar, who is overseeing operations at the private hospitals requisitioned by the AMC as well as a response from the hospital. Unsatisfied by the hospital’s response, the AMC, under the provisions of Epidemic Diseases Act, imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on Tuesday, to be paid within seven days, stated an AMC press release.

The hospitals will lose their registration if they fail to deposit the sum within seven days, it said.

Similarly, Artham Hospital at Ambawadi area, had violated the MoU conditions with the AMC wherein the beds reserved for AMC-referred patients, that is 50 per cent of the hospital beds, were being used instead for patients who directly approached the hospital.

As per the agreement, these designated hospitals are required to reserve 50 per cent of their beds for patients referred to them by the AMC and are not supposed to charge them for treatment.

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