Karnataka Medical Council pulls up doctors, hospitals on Non-COVID patients, Threatens penal action
Karnataka: Taking serious cognizance of a PIL, the Karnataka Medical Council (KMC) recently issued a circular directing all the doctors and private health facilities to offer their services to the non-COVID patients; and also warned them that failing to observe the same would entice penal actions.
"hence all the medical practitioners registered under our council are directed not to close the hospital or clinics and further they are directed to examine the patience of non-COVID-19, who are suffering from other health problems, by following the professional ethics and to render necessary treatment to such patients."
The order further added,
"it is further notified that if any medical practitioner fails to render his service to non-covid-19 patients, the KMC will have to invoke sections 2.1 and 5.2 of code of medical ethics 2002 and such practitioner is liable for penal action."
Meanwhile, the State Executive Committee has already issued a notice to all the private health facilities instructing them not to deny services to such patients. The State Governments also placed a copy of the order before the court.
After careful consideration, the special bench decided to dispose of the petition, stating that the problems of the aggravated petitioner have been duly considered and taken care of by the state government as well as Karnataka Medical Council, reports The New Indian Express
Earlier concerned with the shortage of doctors in the state, the Karnataka High Court had issued a notice enquiring the Karnataka Medical Council (KMC) if they have received complaints about doctors and other health care professionals who refused to offer their services to the Non-COVID patients.
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