PUNE: Office bearers of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Pune chapter, on Thursday, said the renewal of registration of hospitals in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits will be as per the old rules.
Earlier, during a press interaction on Tuesday, IMA Pune chapter condemned the remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Indian medical fraternity in the ‘Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Sath’ in London recently. The IMA also opposed the drafted Digital Information Security in Healthcare Act (DISHA).
Speaking to the media, Dr Padma Iyer, President of IMA Pune Chapter, said that State Minister of Health Dr Deepak Sawant has assured that now the registration will be as per old rules.
“The newly amended rules will be applicable from next year for renewing registration. Around 90 per cent of hospitals still have pending renewed licences. The process will be over in the next few days is what the authorities have assured us,” said Dr Iyer.
President-elect of IMA Dr Sanjay Patil said, “If the PMC Health Department wanted us to have additional certificates, they should have informed us six months prior to the last date of submission.”
“We are not aware who has asked for these additional certificates. Is it the State Health Department? Because the Bombay Nursing Home Act does not have any such amendments,” said Dr Patil.
In his speech ‘Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Sath,’ Prime Minister Modi said health treatments are expensive at private medical facilities and private doctors charge exorbitant fees for stents and knee transplants. He said doctors go to international conferences at the expense of pharmaceutical giants and then endorse their drugs.
Dr Iyer said the IMA condemns the remarks made by the Prime Minister on foreign soil. “We condemn that he generalised all the medical fraternity and said we are corrupt and charge exorbitantly. We suggest the Prime Minister should focus his efforts on strengthening the public healthcare system so that patients are benefited. The government should regulate prices of generic medicines so one drug is sold at the same price. Currently, similar drugs are sold by different pharmaceuticals at different prices,” said Dr Iyer.
DRAFT OF DISHA
Dr Rajeev Joshi said under DISHA, the National Health Authority and the State authority will be responsible for storage of health information in digital format.
Doctors are duty bound to ensure confidentiality of patient’s information but are not qualified to fill in this information. They have to hire IT professionals for implementing such systems.
The security of the data cannot be assured by doctors as they would not be transferring the data, he said.
“The Act provides a penalty of Rs 5,00,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment for breach of security of patients. This can be attributed to doctors and hence we are against it,” said Dr Joshi.