Early Times Report
JAMMU, May 18: Despite clear directions to display treatment rates at prominent place in bold letters in order to maintain due transparency, most of the private clinics and nursing homes in the State have completely failed to adhere rules due to nexus with officials of the State Health Department.
Official Sources within Health Department told Early Times that Licensing Norms of the department states that the tables of fees, costs and rates for various services should be displayed prominently in bold letters but in spite of compulsory, the most of the above said clinics and nursing homes even OPDs which are being run by some doctors and other businessmen are floating norms with impunity.
Director of Health Services Jammu Dr Gurjeet Singh said that the rate list, which was approved by the department, was challenged in the Court by the ow
rs of private medical centres.
directions to display rate list at prominent places, most of the clinics observe
the directions in breach.
When asked about the rate list has not been displayed by various nursing homes and private clinics, he replied they are following it.
Contradictory the claims of the Director, officials sources said that most of clinics and nursing home owners having nexus with the officials of the same department so that they have showed thumbs to rules and regulations of the concerned department. Surprisingly, concerned officials have least bothered to conduct visits in the nursing homes and clinics to check whether they are following or floating norms.
Owing to poor attitude of the concerned department, the patients are being fleeced by the private clinics and nursing homes as per their wish. Most interestingly, numbers of health clinics and others didn't have all required permissions viz NOC from State Pollution Control Board and Jammu Municipal Corporation.