The Patna High Court has asked why the state government has allowed unregistered hospitals to function and designated them as Covid hospitals. The Division bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar were hearing two petitions seeking implementation of the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010. The court has sought response on the next hearing date, May 10.
It was brought to the court’s notice by amicus curiae Ritika Rani that several provisions of the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 were not being complied with by Bihar government. She highlighted, among other things, that the district authorities had failed to inspect unregistered hospitals and clinics and that the state government had designated unregistered private hospitals as Covid hospitals and empanelled them under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
The court directed the government to deal with each of the issues raised including certain questions raised by her with respect to compliance with the Act including constitution of Council of Clinical Establishment and District Registering Authority and many other provisions relating to registration of hospitals and clinics within the state.
The complete order may be read here: