West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) aka the Health Commission has directed Medica Superspecialty Hospital authorities in Kolkata to deposit Rs 10 lakh on its CSR account and utilize the funds for malnourished children.
The WBCERC issued the order on Wednesday after it found that the Medica Superspecialty Hospital had collected money from the patients exorbitantly under the head of infection control charge at the outpatient department, totally flouting the Covid advisory earlier issued by the Commission.
WBCERC Chairperson Justice (retired) Ashim Kumar Banerjee said that they apprehend that lakhs of money were collected by the hospital on account of infection control charges even after the Covid protocol was issued on August 1. The hospital has been directed to prepare the list of the patients who were charged exorbitantly not keeping with the guideline.
“We have not imposed any penalty on the hospital only because this was the first case. However, the hospital has been instructed to deposit Rs 10 lakh on its CSR account. We will send a strong message to other hospitals as well,” Banerjee said. The Commission has also formed a committee with the principal of Lady Brabourne College Prof Siuli Sarkar, a member of the WBCERC Maitryee Banerjee and child specialist from the Institute of Child Health Dr Barnali Ghosh as members to look into the utilization of the funds for malnourished children.
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