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HYDERABAD: The Telangana high court on Tuesday asked the state government to explain the steps it has taken to rein in the private hospitals from exploiting families in the name of Covid-19 treatment and penalise the errant hospitals. The court gave 24 hours time to the director of public health (DPH) to inform it on the number of cases where the government has recovered excess money from the errant hospitals for collecting exorbitant charges from Covid-19 patients.
The judges said it was not fair to leave the people to legal remedies after they sold their gold and properties to cater to the greed of the private hospitals in the second wave of pandemic. A bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy said this after going through an affidavit filed by DPH Dr G Srinivasa Rao, who informed the court on115 show-cause notices issued to errant private hospitals. “It is ok to issue show-cause notices, but tell us the efforts you made to deliver justice to the exploited families. Let the director of the public health appear before us on Wednesday virtually and explain the steps taken so far,” the judges said addressing advocate general BS Prasad.
The judges while resuming the hearing in the Covid-19 batch of PILs were unhappy with the incomplete affidavit filed by Dr Srinivasa Rao who failed to answer many queries raised by them in the last hearing. Senior counsel L Ravi Chander and advocate Chikkudu Prabhakar doubted the wisdom in cancelling the licence of some of the hospitals to offer Covid-19 treatment. “If they are found guilty of wrongdoing, then they should go lock, stock and barrel and they should not remain in the field at all,” they said.
The judges said it is better to make them shell out excess money. “If you straightaway cancel their licence, then it would be a fait accompli. And it is not advisable to reduce the number of functioning hospitals during a pandemic,” the judges said.


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