THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Bill, cleared by the subject committee of the assembly, reportedly stipulates that the licence of a hospital will be cancelled in the event of any medical negligence or error from a doctor, raising protests from the medical fraternity.
All hospitals, including those managed by a single doctor, will come under the purview of the bill. The clause had met with opposition in the subject committee itself, with UDF members C Mammootty, V S Sivakumar and Roshy Augustine pointing out that this could seriously hamper the functioning of smaller clinics.
They had reportedly sought exemption for hospitals with less than 10 beds, but to no avail.
Private hospitals, IMA raise questions
The tabling of the bill in the ongoing assembly session is, however, uncertain. The Kerala Association of Small Hospitals and Clinics has criticized the move.
"At least those hospitals with less than 20 beds should be excluded. The move could result in a hike in treatment cost in primary health care," association state secretary Dr Sreejith N Kumar said.
He said such a provision existed nowhere in the country. "It cannot be accepted. The government is forgetting that patients would have to bear the brunt if hospitals are de-licensed," he said.