West Bengal Clinical Establishment Bill passed in state assembly

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Mar. 3 (ANI): The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (registration regulations transparency) Bill, 2017 was passed in the state assembly with full support. Certain amendments in the bill were demanded by the opposition. The bill will have provisions to not only monitor private healthcare institutes but also to impose penalty in case of violations. The 25-page bill has been drafted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, also the state health minister. There are also provisions in the bill which says that private healthcare institutes cannot refuse admission and treatment in emergency cases such as acid attack, rape and accident victims. The hospital will have to admit these patients and begin treatment even if the patient could not afford the treatment immediately. The bill comes in the wake of the deaths of a few patients in alleged cases of medical negligence against private hospitals in the state. (ANI)