HJS effect : Maharashtra to implement Clinical Establishment Act

Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh announces implementation of Clinical Establishment Act in Maharashtra

  • Huge success of HJS following up this issue for 4 years
  • Shiv Sena and BJP MLAs promise to pursue the matter till law is not implemented  

Mumbai : Clinical Establishment Act 2010 passed by the Central Government will help in poor patients getting affordable medical treatment. It will also stop exploitation of patients through private hospitals, doctors and pathology labs; therefore, the law should be implemented in Maharashtra, was the demand made by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) since December 2016  through meeting elected representatives, submitting memorandum to Ministers, staging demonstrations etc. In the ongoing budgetary session of Legislative Assembly, the issue was followed up with MLAs of Shiv Sena and BJP; besides Health Minister Shri. Rajesh Tope, through memorandum submitted to them. In this background, Education (Medical) Minister Amit Deshmukh declared during session of Legislative Council about State Government’s decision to implement the said law in Maharashtra. Therefore, HJS efforts have borne fruit.

MLA Shri. Prakash Surve (on right) receiving memorandum from Shri. Ajay Sambhus
MLA Dr. Sanjay Raimulkar (on left) receiving memorandum from Shri. Arvind Pansare

HJS activists had met Shiv Sena MLAs Shri. Bharat sheth Gogavale, Shri. Vishwanath Bhoir, Shri. Sanjay Raimulkar, Shri. Prakash Surve, Shri. Ajay Chaudhari, Shri. Prakash Abitkar, Shri. Pradip Jaiswal and Dr. Rahul Patil and BJP- MLAs Shri. Govardhan Sharma, Shri. Atul Bhatkhalkar, Shri. Suresh (Mama) Bhole; so also NCP- MLA Shri. Chandrakant Navaghare for their demand of getting this law passed in Maharashtra.

Earlier, HJS had submitted memorandum to even the then Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant and Shri. Eknath Shinde. Many MLAs from Shiv Sena, BJP, NCP and Congress had been given memorandum and many of those MLAs had written to the Government on their letter-heads, demanding to pass the above law.

Shiv Sena MLA Shri. Bharat sheth Gogavale met Health Minister Rajesh Tope along with HJS delegation during the ongoing budgetary session as there was inordinate delay in passing this law despite follow up of many years. Health Minister also had the view that passing of the said Act was absolutely necessary; while Shiv Sena MLAs Shri. Prakash Surve, Shri. Sanjay Raimulkar and BJP- MLA Shri. Suresh Bhole have promised HJS to follow up the matter with the Chief Minister and the Government for passing of this Act.

What is this Clinical Establishment Act ?

Today, if one wants to sell a biscuit packet, its MRP (maximum retail price) has been fixed; but the rates of health services connected to life and death of people are, however, not fixed. Most of the doctors, clinics, labs and hospitals try to get maximum money from patients or they see to their commission when they recommend any test for patients. This system has created severe anguish for ordinary patients. He feels that he should never go to any hospital. The then Union Government therefore, passed Clinical Establishment Act 2010 as a measure of redress and gave right to every State for its implementation. If passed, every clinic and hospital will have to display at entrance its minimum common rates for health services, medical examination, operation and treatment offered. Patient will have to pay charges as per A, B, C and D classifications which would save millions of rupees of the Government and patients. Many States such as Maharashtra’s neighboring State Karnataka so also Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim etc have promptly passed this Act earlier.

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