AL lawmaker Shamsul Haque Chowdhury on Wednesday said in parliament that United Hospital should be declared a prison hospital before allowing BNP chief Khaleda Zia to receive treatment at the private facility.
While speaking at the JS session, the lawmaker from Patiya also said Khaleda Zia and her party leaders are making an arbitrary demand to allow her to receive treatment only at United Hospital.“Many people (BNP leaders) are not paying heed to the Jail Code. As per Jail Code, a sick prisoner can receive treatment in a jail hospital. But the government authorities concerned have agreed to send Khaleda Zia to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to arrange better treatment for her. But Khaleda Zia is refusing to go to these hospitals,” he added.
The lawmaker criticised a pro-BNP doctor for recommending Khaleda Zia’s treatment in United Hospital, which is reportedly owned by a pro-BNP businessman.
“The United Hospital needs to be announced a jail hospital subject to the consent of its owner. It should be vacated to be used for treatment of Khaleda Zia and other sick prisoners,” he opined.
About offence committed by BNP chief and party leaders’ demand for her release, he said “Khaleda Zia may file a mercy petition to the President admitting her crimes. She may tell that she is in jail due to the crimes committed by her son.”
Sazzatur Rahman Suvo, senior executive (media and publication) of United Hospital, said “We are now aware of the statement of the lawmaker in the Jatiya Sangsad. Our spokesperson is currently out of the country. At this stage, we are unable to say whether United Hospital will offer is services to Khaleda Zia if jail authorities send her here.”
Terming Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a people-friendly one, he said GDP, per capita income and country’s development saw significant progress over the last 10 years. Lawmaker Shamsul Haque Chowdhury also requested the finance minister to lower VAT on medium-sized flats to make those more affordable for the middle-income people. He also urged the government to cut the prices of rod and other construction materials for development projects.