THE division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode observed that “doctors have forgotten their duty. Most hospitals are nowadays being run like shops. Everything is commercialised. Money has become more important.”
Sanjay Prajapati, a city resident has filed a petition against privately-owned Seven Hills hospital in suburban Andheri, Mumbai was not giving discharge to his brother Chinku for non-payment of hospital dues.
Hearing on the petition, the court had noted that “it was inhuman to detain patients” for non-payment of dues.
However, Seven Hills management denied the allegation. Hospital’s lawyer told court that things have been sorted out and patient would be discharged on Friday.
The judges recorded the statement and asked the state government to inform on June 17 whether there are any guidelines or rules which give a hospital the right to detain patients for non-payment of dues.
The court directed the petitioner to make Medical Council of India and Maharashtra Medical Council respondents.
His brother had a fall in the house and suffered injuries to the head, so he was hospitalised and operated upon.
The next hearing would be on June 17.