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Meenakshi Lekhi: Medical sector also needs a regulator

Raising the issue in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said the private healthcare sector has been unregulated.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: December 30, 2017 3:03 am
Meenakshi Lekhi attacks Rahul Gandhi on his Hindu Bhakt claim BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi (Express photo by Purushottam Sharma/Files)

With the Delhi government cancelling licence of a private hospital in the national capital, accusing it of criminal negligence, BJP MP from New Delhi constituency Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday demanded that a regulator be set up to streamline functioning of private healthcare facilities, as also curb overpricing of medical procedures and services.

Raising the issue in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, Lekhi said the private healthcare sector has been unregulated.

She said, “…While on the one side, doctors at government hospitals are overworked, underpaid and under a lot of pressure, doctors in the private sector — not all of them but a whole lot of them — practice (their) profession as business; because of that, a lot of financial irregularities are happening in hospitals across the country. This needs to be corrected.”

Citing examples of alleged malpractices, she said although the government has reduced price of stents, hospitals have increased rates for the procedure to insert them to compensate for their losses. Lekhi said there is a need to set up an agency to regulate medical practices and fix rates for various procedures. “The telecom sector has TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). The medical sector also needs a regulator,” she said.

Congress MP Mullappally Ramachandran expressed concern over the “alarming rate at which atmospheric pollution is increasing in the capital city of Delhi”and sought action. “I urge upon the Union Government, and through you the Delhi Administration, to take stringent steps to ban fireworks, to prohibit burning of stubbles, as also to prevent vehicular pollution,” he said.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey raised the issue of non-performing assets of public sector banks and urged the government to ensure that the cost of capital of banks do not go up. He said the UPA government had signed an international regulatory framework on bank capital adequacy, and when its latest version comes into force on April 1, 2018, the cost of capital in India may go up.

“We should come out of Basel-III and international financing system or defer its implementation,” Dubey said.

Congress member from Assam Gaurav Gogoi raised the issue of recent eviction from Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, “in the peak of winter”, which was “insensitive and inhuman”. Pointing out that they were “marginalised communities who are displaced are victims of flood, land loss and erosion”.

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  1. Paragsinha Gahelot
    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    Hi All! My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started a pe ion “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” on change Request you to go through the pe ion and please sign the pe ion. Here’s the link: : change /p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom Thanks! Parag
    1. Dr. Manoj Chakravarty
      Dec 31, 2017 at 6:37 am
      It appears that everything in India requires 'regulating' the way things are going. There is no semblance of collective wisdom or morality left in this country and thus, everything must be regulated. Its not strange to assume that very soon the citizens will be issued directives on a daily basis on how to conduct themselves, beginning with duties outside of the house to the confines of their bedrooms. This is in addition to the intricate web of IPC and the CRPC, and of course the Cons ution too. Regulation is counter to freedom (in the presence of the law) and reeks of a pure socialistic mindset which dictates that people are incapable of thinking or conducting themselves and thus, have to be literally ruled. We still cannot rid ourselves of the rule of the British, but we are systematically indoctrinated to despise the very same 'Raj' that we continue to follow universally. The only stimulus that drives our outlook and pre-occupation is the pure lure of money and no humanity.