Udupi: Henceforth no private medical establishment in the state can deny or refuse or avoid treatment to patients with COVID-19 and COVID-19 symptoms.
“It has come to the notice of the government that certain private medical establishments in the state are denying/refusing/avoiding patients with COVID-19 and COVID-19 like symptoms contrary to Section 11 of the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act 2017,” the order issued by the state Chief Secretary stated.
The Act lays down that every Private Medical Establishment shall actively participate in the implementation of all national and state health programme in such manner as the state government may notify, perform statutory duties to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, and adhere to the patient’s charter.
“Hence the private medical establishments shall not refuse/deny/avoid in any manner the treatment of such patients. The non-compliance to this order will attract punishment under the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act 2017 and the Indian Penal Code,” the order added.