Cease and Desist: Bihar Govt public notice directing all illegal medical establishments to shut down or face prosecution
Patna: The Health Department of Bihar recently issued a public notice directing all illegal medical establishments including pathological Laboratories, Diagnostic Centres, Clinics, Nursing Homes, Hospitals to shut their activities or else face prosecution under the various laws.
The public notice was seen clearly stating that all diagnotic centres, pathology laboratories,testing centres who are illegally running are unlikely to get permission to operate in future as they pose heavy risk to the health of the citizens and no person can be given permission to play with the health of the citizens.
The notice further directed all such testing centers, Pathological Laboratories, Diagnostic Centres, Clinics, Nursing Homes, Hospitals to immediately shut down operations referring to the High court order that clearly directed closure of such establishments and also adding that any persons/organisations found in violation of the order and/or operating illegally would face severe prosecution from the authorities.
The move comes in the light of the recent high court rap directing the government to ensure the quality of healthcare services provided by the Pathological Laboratories, Diagnostic Centres, Clinics, Nursing Homes, Hospitals across the state are in accordance with the provisions of the Clinical Establishment Act, 2010; Clinical Establishment (Central Government) Rules, 2012/2018, as applicable to the State of Bihar and the Bihar Clinical Establishment Rules, 2013.
Following the High court order, a notification dated December 9, 2019 undersigned by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Principal Secretary, Health Department, Government of Bihar was published in the public domain
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that the court had pulled up the state government for its inaction regarding the unauthorized clinical establishments functioning in the state and directed the authorities;
"to publish a full-fledged advertisement in the daily newspapers, both English and Vernacular, informing the general public of all the directions issued by this Court vide orders dated 30th August 2018 and 2nd July 2019, directing closure of all such illegal establishments in the State of Bihar. Also, wider publicity is given in both print and electronic media, asking the people to get avail facilities only in such of those Laboratories/ Institutions which stand recognized by the authorities constituted under the Act/ Rules etc. This shall positively be done immediately and not later than one week from 9th December 2019."
The matter was brought before the bench by the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists which had sought the state’s stance on the illegal health centres expanding in the state rapidly over the years and the inaction over it.
Subsequently, the court in its interim order directed to close all illegal clinical set-ups across the state and further condemned the state for not issuing any sort of notice to show cause and taking no action of closing such establishments. It had observed:
"This unlawful running of unauthorized Pathological Centres/Laboratories /
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