Nashik: Covid treatment permission of 2 hosps terminated – ET HealthWorld

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Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has terminated the permission given of two private Covid hospitals in Nashik city following allegations that they had not given the auditors access to the bills of the patients.

NMC commissioner Kailas Jadhav on Saturday said, “The administration was forced to take this extreme step against the two hospitals which did not allow their bills to be inspected by the auditors. I have ordered the lodging of the first information reports (FIRs) against the hospitals under The Epidemic Disease Act.”

The municipal commissioner on Saturday said that the civic body had appointed auditors who would go around the hospitals to check the bills that have been generated by the hospitals for the treatment of the common public members. The auditors are to ensure that irrational charges are reversed.

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“Our auditors have been regularly visiting the two hospitals and have been asking for access to the bills. Since the hospital administrations were not cooperating, a series of notices were also issued to them. But they have failed to explain their stand. Therefore, we were forced to take the extreme step,” the civic commissioner said.

He also added that the hospitals were reluctant to share the occupancy of the Covid beds on the 80:20 ratio where the patients admitted to 80% of the beds were to be charged as per the government orders.

“They did all this despite several reminders. Both these hospitals cannot take in Covid patients for treatment any more. They can treat people for other diseases,” the municipal commissioner added.

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