Bhubaneswar, May 2 (LocalWire): Private hospitals cannot insist patients seeking admission for critical care to go for corona test, officials said on Saturday.
The Health & Family Welfare Department has issued a directive requiring all private hospitals to continue providing critical care services in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the order dated 01.05.2020, hospitals cannot insist upon a COVID-19 test before admitting critical care patients.
The order was issued after reports that some hospitals were hesitant about providing critical care services like dialysis, blood transfusion, chemotherapy, etc. to regular patients on account of the fear of their contracting COVID-19.
Some hospitals/clinics were also insisting on a COVID test before providing services.
The Directorate of Health Services in its order has stated that hospitals/clinics should keep a designated isolation unit to accommodate critically ill suspected COVID patients until their condition is stabilized for transfer to COVID special hospitals for testing.
The directorate also asked the hospitals to follow the revised guidelines on suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases in a non-COVID health facility issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
It has also asked all hospitals/clinics to remain operational.
Any person requiring critical care services cannot be denied.
Non-compliance of the order would invite action as per provisions of the law, including cancellation of the registration of defaulter hospital/clinic without prior notice, the department said.