The High Court has asked for progress report on fixation of medical test fees in all public and private hospitals and clinics across the country within October 7.
A division bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order on Wednesday.The court also ordered authorities concerned to place progress report on formulation of guidelines to monitor clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres under Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance 1982 within the stipulated time.
Above order of the court came following a writ petition filed by Human Rights Lawyers and Securing Environment Society of Bangladesh treasurer Md Shah Alam.
On July 24, 2018, the HC directed all hospitals and clinics to submit reports stating test fees and the health ministry to constitute a five-member committee to re-fix reasonable fees and execute it.
On October 22 that year, the High Court ordered the health ministry committee to fix medical examination fees in all public and private hospitals within two months.
The HC also directed the committee to formulate policy under related law and executive courts order.
The petitioner sought a directive of the court to fix reasonable fees in all hospitals and clinics to reduce sufferings of the patients and their relatives.Complying with the HC order, the ministry earlier formed a committee as per Medical Practice Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance, 1982, with a joint secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare its convener.
The HC also directed the committee to formulate policy under the above law within two months. Besides, the court directed the respondents to submit progress report.