Private Hospitals go on indefinite strike in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Novembe 16: Over 22,000 doctors from private hospitals are on strike today in protest of the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 which makes hospitals accountable for medical negligence. They are demanding dropping of at least four clauses of the Act.

The Chief minister is expected to intervene in the matter. He has also asked doctors to call off the strike and assured them this is just a draft bill which will see consultation of the doctors before finalisation.

Top doctors like Devi Shetty and Sudarshan Ballal are expected to sit in protest between 10 am and 6 pm here. The protest will take place at the Indian Medical Association (IMA) office in Chamarajpet.

The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 was passed with the aim of regulating private sector medical establishments. The Act mandates registration of all private medical establishments, charts out the obligations like maintaining records, prescribes minimum standards of facilities and services provided in the private medical establishment and mandates displaying rates of various procedures.

The bill, according to doctors, even contain provisions for imprisonment of doctors who make mistakes.

With private hospitals stopping to function, the government has cancelled leaves of doctors and nurses fr the increasing number of outpatients.

 

By Rupsha Bhadra