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Negligence notwithstanding, many Ggn pvt hospitals did not pay commercial tax

GURUGRAM: Already undergoing a crisis of credibility in light of recent occurrences of medical negligence, findings of a RTI query has further dented the image of most of the private medical institutions in the National Capital Region.
The RTI plea, filed by Gurugram-based activist Mohit Khatana, revealed that over 80 small and big private hospitals avoided paying commercial tax and dues of more than Rs one crore are pending on them.
After action was initiated by Haryana government against Gurugram Fortis Hospital, people who have been victims of negligence and malpractice at the hands of other private hospitals in the city now want action against the management of such hospitals.
The hospital was alleged of medical negligence and of overcharging the parents of seven-year-old Adya Singh, who died last month after being admitted for dengue.
In addition to Fortis, there have been numerous private hospitals where shocking incidents of negligence and apathy recently took place.
On November 22, 12-year-old Prateek – who was admitted to Park Hospital on account of a stomach infection– died under mysterious circumstances.
The boy's family alleged that he died due to negligence on the part of the doctors. Currently, the Chief Medical Officer is investigating the matter.
Another horrific incident was reported at Shiva Hospital, where two staff members molested a minor girl who was admitted to the ICU of the hospital.
With the culprits having been arrested, the family is now holding protests demanding closure of the hospital.
"Private hospitals must realise that their rogue attitude will not be tolerated. If there are any instances of lack of responsibility, the government will take action," said Anil Vij, Haryana Health minister.

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