Representatives of many private hospitals in city visited Indian Medical Association (IMA) office on Tuesday and surrendered the registration papers of their respective hospitals with the apex body of the private medical practitioners. This was part of the protest by private doctors against the increasing curbs on private hospitals regarding Covid treatment that make them unaffordable to operate.
“Hospital owners have submitted copies of their hospital registration to IMA Nagpur. Together, we will collect these papers and then request the state government to take over and run these hospitals. It’s not possible to run hospitals at the rates forced on us,” said Dr Archana Kothari, president of IMA Nagpur.
“On one side the unaffordable rates have been forced on the doctors and on the other doctors are being prosecuted by sending auditors even if there is any minor mistake in the bills. At the same time, ministers and leaders have continuously been proclaiming that doctors are robbing patients. Because of this unjust criticism, the doctors are losing their confidence,” she added.
As next phase of the protest, doctors may go into ‘self-quarantine’ if their demands are not addressed.
“Just as many leaders and government officials in Maharashtra have themselves ‘self-quarantined’, it is time for us doctors to be ‘self-quarantined’, as a mass movement. The separation period may range from one day to 14 days,” reads an official release by the IMA.
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)