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Rampant rules violations sicken private healthcare In Sylhet

27Violation of regulations and medical ethics has become rampant in the private healthcare sector as several thousands private diagnostic centers and clinics have mushroomed near the public healthcare centers across the Sylhet districts in a sheer violation of the rules, experts say.
Though it is illegal to establish private clinics without licenses, a section of private entrepreneurs have been setting up diagnostic centers and hospitals near the public hospitals without any licenses in an ill motive to divert patients from the public healthcare centres, the experts observed.
Such illegal practices are taking place under the nose of the authorities in most of the districts and upazilas—trapping the illiterate, poor and helpless patients in the name of private-sector healthcare.
Health experts have been expressing grave concern over the rampant violation of rules and regulations by the owners of the private diagnostic centers and hospitals.
Dr A uddin , a noted public health expert, said excessive commercial mentality has rapidly increased in health sector over the last one and a half decades and the private hospitals and clinics are charging additional and illogical amount of fees from patients. Some people have not taken their jobs in the healthcare sector as a noble profession. Rather, they laid business traps for the patients. As a result, the incidents of medical practice by fake doctors and wrong treatment are on the rise in many private healthcare centres.
“The number of illegal private diagnostic centers and hospitals are on the rise due to lack of proper monitoring by the government. It is high time for revising the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories Ordinance, 1984 for regulating the private healthcare sector more effectively,” Dr Uddin added.
A senior physician at the Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital said a section of doctors have been involved in business by setting up healthcare centers without ensuring proper facilities set out in the rules.
He underscored the need for enacting law and proper enforcement to prevent such immoral practices.
Regarding the illegal hospitals and clinics,
Dr Shamimur Rahman, said the illegal hospitals and clinics were not built in a day.
“It is very difficult job to control such establishments. Sometimes, approvals are taken showing forged documents and made-up manpower arrangements at the time application,” he said.
He also said they lack adequate manpower to monitor the illegal hospitals and clinics, adding “Some steps are however being taken against the fake hospitals and clinics.”
“Some illegal hospitals have already been shut down while some others had rectified themselves after receiving notices,” Dr Shamim said.