**Bhubaneswar:** In view of growing healthcare business and in a bid to incorporate certain provisions in the line of the Central Act to guard against the foul play of the private clinical establishments and also to protect the interest of the public, Odisha Assembly in its Monsoon Session, that concluded on Thursday (September 29), passed the Clinical Establishment (Control and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016.
Briefing media, Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said, “As against the earlier imposition of Rs 10,000 fine for flouting of any provisions of the Clinical Establishment (Control and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, now the penalty for offence has been made stringent following which the authority can now slap penalty up to Rs 25 lakhs and also a six-month imprisonment. During inspection if also found violating any norms specified in the provisions of the Act, the authority can now also seal the private nursing home/hospital/clinical establishment if warranted”.
On the mandatory fire safety provisions in the private health establishments, the Health Minister informed, “Those existing nursing homes and private hospitals are yet to abide by the norms, a six-month time will be granted to them. If required and the Fire Department deems fit, another six-month period can be allowed for rectification. Henceforth for the new establishments, fire safety norms have also been made stringent”.
On the renewal front he informed, “The private medical establishments now have to go in for renewal in every five years instead of the previous mandatory two years of tenure. For the four-bedded private health institution in rural area, registration has been made mandatory now”.
On the conditions laid down by the Government as well as the Supreme Court guidelines, the Health Minister also informed that those health establishments are bound down to lend free treatment to the BPL patients.