Karnataka: Doctors, private hospitals warned of strict penal action for refusing to treat non-COVID-19 patients

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KMC informed the Karnataka High Court that it warned that stern action would be taken if any doctor fails to treat non-COVID patients

Amid rising complaints of refusing treatment to non-COVID-19 patients in the state, the Karnataka Medical Council (KMC) warned of strict action against the medical practitioners and private hospitals who allegedly turn away non-COVID-19 patients denying treatment.

The KMC on Friday informed the Karnataka High Court that in a circular, it has warned that Section 2.1 and 5.2 of the Code of Medical Ethics, 2002, would be slapped if any medical practitioner fails to provide services to non-COVID patients, reported The New Indian Express.

Such practitioners are liable for penal action, the medical body said.

The KMC further informed the high court that it provided helpline numbers (9916302328/080-22200888) for the affected patients to register their complaints against such doctors and hospitals.

The court intervened after a Tumakuru based advocate, Ramesh L Naik, filed a petition seeking attention towards the alleged denial of treatment to non-COVID-19 patients by a section of private hospitals and medical practitioners in the state.

The petitioner pointed out that some hospitals/clinics closed over fears of contracting the pandemic.

Taking a serious note of the incidents, the KMC directed all its registered medical practitioners not to close hospitals and clinics. It also directed not to refuse treatment to non-pandemic patients also.

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