Private Hospitals to give records of Patient on day-to-day basis

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Private Hospitals to give records of Patient


Central Information Commission had recommended to force Private Hospitals to give records of Patient on day-to-day basis because this daily disclosure will prevent undesirable practices of altering records after damage caused to patient. Forcing the private hospitals to provide daily­wise medical records will also act as a check on some hospitals from resorting to extortionist, inhuman and ruthless business of prescribing unnecessary diagnostic tests, unnecessary surgical operations, caesarean deliveries, unwarranted angioplasties, inserting stents, without need, or of substandard nature, or putting low quality stent while collecting price of high quality stent, and several such malpractices amounting to medical terrorism, etc. You can read RTI Act here!

In a major achievement to this decision, Fortis Hospital was forced to provide certified copies of medical records, names and designation of Doctors who treated the patient and the copy of Medical registration of three Doctors who treated the patient.  Fortis Hospital provided the information through the Directorate of Health Services, Delhi.

Private Hospitals to give records of Patient

Earlier, the Commission had directed the authority to compel Fortis hospital with its regulatory power provided under the law to comply with the provisions of the Nursing Homes Registration Act or Clinical Establishment (Registration & Regulation) Act, MCI Act and RTI Act or any other rule or provision under any law, and provide the entire information to the appellant within one 21 days from the date of receipt of this order.

CIC has noted that “They (Private Hospital) should not be allowed to such malpractices with all impunity and get away without any legal consequences as if there is an absolute immunity. The Government, Medical Council of India and the health regulatory has to see that licence to practice medicine will not become licence to kill and extort and come to the rescue of helpless patients.”

The full decision can be read from here.

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One comment on “Private Hospitals to give records of Patient on day-to-day basis
  1. K.R.Chandrasekaran says:

    It is true that private hospitals do prescribe unnecessary tests. But when records are to be produced for clainming insurance or bill for personal needs, they classify these unnecessary tests costs under miscellaneous services so that there would not be any objection from any quarters.In one case a leading hospital did a test and collected money for it. But they did not give the result of that test(it is some ultrasound x.ray like) but included in some hidden form.

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