Healthcare Must Be Provided At Affordable Cost: Mamata

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Kolkata: Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met with the representatives of private hospitals and nursing homes at Town Hall to take stock of the functioning of the functioning of these hospitals.

In the meeting, the Chief Minister said, “There are some complaints against private hospitals, but people should not take law in their own hands.”

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The Chief Minister highlighted several achievements of the state government in improving the medical facilities in State. She said, “27000 beds have been increased in the government hospitals in the last few years. Four lakh people have been registered under the Swastha Sathi programme and government hospitals have also started e-prescriptions.”

The Chief Minister also mentioned, “The people choose which hospital they will get treated in. Bengal is the gateway to North East India, Bangladesh and Nepal from where people also come here for treatment. Patients trust the hospitals with their lives, they must be treated humanely. The treatment must be provided with ease and simplicity. This is a social responsibility.”

She suggested to the private hospitals that they must maintain e-records of patients. The Chief Minister also mentioned that the Government will bring in an amendment to the West Bengal Clinical Act in the upcoming session of the Assembly.

She ended the meeting stating that the government will set up West Bengal Health Regulatory Commission headed by a former judge for monitoring private hospitals.

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