Max Hospital fined Tk 10 lakh: Pvt hospitals, clinics begin closure for indefinite period

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Chattogram, July 8: A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) fined the much-talked Max Hospital in Chattogram Tk 10 lakh for different anomalies including providing lab reports without identifying disease and running pharmacy without licensee.RAB Executive Magistrate Sarowar Alam on Sunday fined the hospital authorities after conducting a drive there since morning to afternoon.

Meanwhile, all the private hospitals and clinics have started shut down programme for indefinite period after hearing the news of RAB drive at Max Hospital in the port city.

RAB magistrate Sarowar Alam said, “We found different irregularities at the hospital during the drive. The hospital’s pharmacy has no licensee for the last two years. Different tests were conducted outside the hospital labs but showing the reports as their own. We also found fake signatures of physicians on test reports. Besides, evidences were also found to conduct lab tests abroad sending sample without government approval.”

“The hospital authority is fined Tk 10 lakh for the irregularities and warned them for future,” he added.

However, the owners of private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres in Chattogram city announced an indefinite period closure following the drive of RAB.

The leaders of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) in Chattogram wing held an emergency meeting at the city’s GEC More office.

General secretary of private hospital and lab owners association Dr Liakat Ali Khan announced indefinite period shut down programme after the meeting.

It may be mentioned that on June 29, two and a half-year-old Raifa Khan, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, died due to wrong treatment at Max Hospital.

Later, the probe body formed by the government to investigate the death of Raifa Khan found evidence of negligence in her treatment.