‘It is SMC which gives them commercial permission’: Dir Health
Srinagar, Sep 22: With government watching as mute spectator, several Private hospitals have come up in residential areas of Srinagar city in violation of the rules.
One of the hospitals has recently started its operation in the congested residential area in heart of Srinagar city. “I don’t know how this hospital is working in this residential area,” an official of the Health Department said.
Similarly, in Qamarwari and Bemina area of Srinagar, scores of private hospitals are running in the residential areas.
Official sources said there are several other hospitals in the valley which are running in residential areas in violation of the rules.
The Director Health service Kashmir told KNS over phone that the owners of these hospitals come up with commercial permission from the SMC and then Health Department only allows them to start their functioning. “What can health department do in this? If SMC will not give them permission, we will never allow them to function in the residential areas,” he told KNS.
The official said it is mandatory that a team of officials should inspect hospitals prior to its registration. “Their registration is also being renewed every three years. They have to check their manpower, infrastructure and they also have to get the NOC from the fire services department, pollution control department and municipal committees. But it seems nothing such is being followed otherwise these hospitals would not have been permitted to operate in residential areas,” he said.
There are over a hundred private hospitals and nursing homes in the state registered with the department of health department. Of which around 45 private hospitals and nursing homes are registered with the department of Health Services Kashmir.
But most of them lack necessary facilities with authorities failing to regulate their working. These private hospitals and nursing homes in Kashmir have failed to put requisite facilities and have become money minting machines for their proprietors.
Officials said, of these 45 private hospitals and nursing homes, only one is having the registration of its blood bank. However, officials said the other hospitals were given registrations after they were affiliated with the government hospitals and said they procure blood from there at the time of emergency. “These hospitals are run mostly by the medicos who are posted in government hospitals and remain absent from duties even during office hours,” an official said.
Except few, these hospitals have no accident and emergency units, which is compulsory for every hospital. Barring a few, these hospitals also lack intensive care units, ventilators and the diagnostic facilities.
It has also been seen that patient load in government hospitals force people to turn to private hospitals for treatment. But there is no regulation of rates and patients are being charged as per the will of proprietors of these hospitals. “Most of these hospitals are charging patients with hefty sums for consultations and surgeries which vary from hospital to hospital.”
Official sources said the Health department had issued directions to these hospitals to provide the details of medicos serving there. “But, they have only provide the details of local doctors but not the outsiders who come from different parts of the country and treat patients in these hospitals,” the official said. (KNS)