According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), a shocking revelation has surfaced that twenty private hospitals-cum-nursing homes are functioning without having valid documents across Kashmir Valley. Among un-valid health centers, ten belongs to only central Kashmir’s Srinagar district, said Siraj-ud-din an RTI activist who has sought information from DHSK.
Providing details, Director Health Services of Kashmir (DHSK) has in its reply said that there are forty-five private hospitals/nursing homes functioning across J&K including three from Ladakh Union Territory.
The information received under Right to Information Act (RTI) 2009, reads that there are at least twenty hospitals/nursing homes whose registration has been expired years before.
In Srinagar district there are ten hospitals/nursing homes whose registration certificates had been expired years before but the administration of the concerned have not approached yet to renew the validity of their institutions. Those functioning without valid registration in Srinagar includes Care Hospital Bemina (13.11.2009), Florence Hospital Chanapora (13.01.2020), New City Hospital Tengpora (23.03.2020), Noora Hospital Zainakote (24.01.2020), Safa Marwah Medical Centre 90 Ft Road Soura (09.06.2020), Star Hospital Sanantnagar (26.10.2018), Mubarak Hospital Hyderpora (02.08.2009), Al-Ameen Charitable Trust Hyderpora (02.08.2014), Classic Hospital Hyderpora (02.08.2009) and Imam Hussain (AS) Foundation Hospital Bemina (23.01.2012).
However those belong to other parts of Valley includes Life Long Nursing Home, Beehama, Ganderbal (26.12.2019), Zenith Nursing Home, Exchange Road, Dangerpora Pulwama (21.02.2019), Kong Posh Nursing Home Pampore (28.03.2016), Hakim Sana-ullah Special Hospital & Cancer Centre, Sopore (26.07.2015), Dr Altaf Nursing Home Baramulla (28.08.2018), Sopore Nursing Home, Sopore (16.08.2018), St Joseph’s Hospital, Baramulla (28.03.2017), Al-Hayat Maternity & Laparoscopic Hospital, Janglat Mandi Anantnag (20.02.2020), Waseem Memorial Nursing Home, Handwara, Kupwara (02.03.2020) and Quality Health Care Centre, Bramri, Kupwara (10.07.2019).
In the document provided by the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), it has been surfaced that Noora Hospital Srinagar is refusing to provide treatment having golden cards issued under Ayushman Bharat by Government of India. However the applicant has been asked to sought information from CMO Srinagar.
Meanwhile sources told KNS that Directorate of Health Services Kashmir has failed to take legal actions against such medical centers who are running its business on the cost of lives of common people. They said despite these hospitals are charging hefty amounts from patients but have failed to renew their registration certificates which is mandatory for continuing health care services.