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Ctg clinics go on indefinite strike
RAB mobile court fines Max Hospital in ctg Tk 10 lakh

Ctg clinics go on 
indefinite strike

An attendant of a critical patient pumps oxygen while taking the patient out of Max Hospital following a strike in private hospitals and clinics in Chattogram yesterday. Independent Photo

Private hospitals in Chattogram went on an indefinite strike yesterday protesting at a mobile court drive in Max Hospital blamed for massive irregularities that recently caused the death of a minor girl. The wildcat strike drew widespread criticism from different quarters as it forced many critical patients to go untreated in the second largest city of the country. The mobile court of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted the nearly four-hour drive at Max Hospital from 11:30am and fined it Tk 10 lakh for massive irregularities.

The drive came on the heels of the death of two and half year-old girl Rafida Khan Raifa due to alleged wrong treatment and negligence on the part of physicians at the private hospital on early June 30.

During the raid, the mobile court, led by RAB executive magistrate Sarweor Alam, found the hospital was running without valid documents, competent doctors and nurses, regular pharmacist.

The hospital was also conducting diagnostic tests without expert doctors though their forged signatures were used in the reports.

Though the hospital has a bio-chemist lab, micro biology lab, haematology lab, it does not have any bio-chemist and micro-biologist. They have no skilled medical technologist, and expired re-agents (chemical for conducting diagnosis) and foreign medicine were found.

Protesting the drive of the RAB and fine on Max Hospital Chattogram, private hospital

owners have announced an indefinite strike.

Dr Liakat Ali Khan, General Secretary of Private Hospital and Lab Owners Association and also Managing Director of Max Hospital announced the strike in Chattogram after holding an emergency meeting at the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) offices yesterday noon, while BMA Chattogram unit president Mujibul Haque Khan expressed his solidarity with the decision made by

hospital owners. However, he said, they would continue the treatment to the patients already have admitted to the hospital.

In a notice Dr Abul Kashem, president of Private Hospital Committee also announced an indefinite strike of all private practice and services to patient at private hospital and diagnostic centres in the district and upazilas.

BMA Chattogram unit president Mujibul Haque Khan said, “We expressed our solidarity with the Private Hospital and Lab Owners Association strike. Rab, along with the Chattogram Journalists’ Union leaders, conducted the drive at the hospital and completely shut it down on the issue of Raifa’s death.”

However, RAB executive magistrate Sarweor Alam said, “The drive has no relation with the death of Raifa.”

While representatives of Civil Society and Consumers’ Association of Bangladesh said the announcement of the doctors was in complete violation of the country’s constitution and doctors don’t reserve the right to hold patients hostage assuming that they are above the law.

Contacted, Sharif Chowhan, representative of Civil Society told The Independent, “The doctors are not above the law. They cannot go on such a strike holding the patients hostage. The doctors should be brought to book for their crime. The RAB mobile court found faults with the hospital, and the doctors should obey the judgment of the court.”

Expressing concern over the wildcat strike by private clinics, diagnostic centres and private practitioners, the Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) said that holding the patients hostage was an inhuman and barbarous act. The CAB said this after issuing a press statement yesterday.

The CAB also urged the private medical practitioners and owners of private facilities to withdraw the strike without delay and abide by the country’s laws.

Max gives report without test:

The mobile court found no diagnostic examinations were conducted in Max Hospital but it gave out diagnosis reports every day. Even the signatures of specialist doctors appearing in the reports were fake and fabricated.

Dr Dewan Mahmud Mehedi Hasan as a representative from the Directorate General of Health Services and Gulshan Jahan, superintendent of Drug Adminsitration of Chattogram were present during the drive.

Sarweor Alam said, “Most of the tests are done in outside diagnostic centres including Epic and Popular, but the reports were in Max’s name.

Most of the patients are taken to the diagnostic centers, including Popular and Epic. “They also sent some sample of the report abroad. Generally, to send reports abroad, government permission is needed. Otherwise, it is totally illegal,” said Sarweor Alam.

We are looking into how more action could be initiated against the hospital.

Max Hospital Pharmacy runs without license:

Max Hospital pharmacy license expired two years ago and it has no pharmacist.

Gulshan Jahan, superintendent of Drug Adminsitration of Chattogram, said the pharmacy license of the Max Hospital was expired on December 16, 2016. Since then the hospital is running without any license.

“There is no approved pharmacist in the pharmacy and they have no registration number from the Drug Administration.

In another drive, the RAB mobile court fined Tk 4 lakh to CSCR Diagnostic Centre and Hospital for anomalies.

 UNB adds: Health Minister Mohammed Nasim yesterday asked the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) to take necessary action against the physicians responsible for the death of minor girl Raifa due to wrong treatment.

He came up with the order while presiding over a meeting over the issue at the Secretariat following recommendations of two probe committees formed to look into the death of the girl.

Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, died due to wrong treatment at Max Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in the port city on June 29.

Two committees -- one by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the other by Chattogram Civil Surgeon -- were formed to investigate the death.

The probe bodies recently submitted their reports where they found the evidence of negligence in the treatment of Raifa and put forward some recommendations, including taking action against the accused physicians.

Earlier on Saturday, two accused physicians -- Dr Debashish Sengupta and Dr Shuvra De -- were dismissed over Raifa's death following the probe reports.

Besides, the authorities decided not to call child specialist Dr Bidhan Roy Chowdhury to the hospital to avail of his service.

The meeting discussed in detail the reports of the two probe panels.

The Health Minister asked for removing irregularities over the Max Hospital licence within 15 days.

The meeting also decided to hang a signboard containing hotline numbers at every public and private hospital to avert any unwanted incident over wrong treatment.

DGHS Director General Prof Abul Kalam Azad, BMDC President Prof Dr Mohammod Shahidullah and Chattogram Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique were present at the meeting.