Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government will take action against private hospitals for not providing critical services to non-COVID patients, an official order of the Health Department said.
“It has come to the notice that some hospitals in the private sector are hesitating in providing critical services such as dialysis, blood transfusion, chemotherapy and institutional deliveries to their regular patients, either on account of fear of contracting COVID-19 or they are keeping their hospitals/ clinics closed. It is also noticed that many places the hospitals/ clinics are insisting on a COVID-19 test before providing services. This is not acceptable,” the order said.
All private hospitals and clinics have been directed to keep a designated isolation unit to accommodate critically ill suspected COVID patients until their condition is stabilized for transfer to COVID hospitals after testing.
The state government directed the hospitals to remain functional and ensure that anyone needing any essential critical services including dialysis, blood transfusion, chemotherapy and institutional deliveries is not denied such services.
“Non-compliance will be viewed seriously and action as per provisions of law, including cancellation of the registration of the defaulter hospital/nursing home will be initiated without further notice,” the order added.