Ranchi: Congress seeks financial audit of pvt hospitals in state

Ranchi: Members of ruling Congress, part of the coalition government in Jharkhand, have demanded for a financial audit of all the private hospitals in the state under a retired judge charging non-government heal hubs to probe into their earnings since the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic last year.

The three member delegation comprising Alok Dubey, Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo and Rajesh Gupta, in their memorandum have charged several private hospitals of extorting money from people for treatment. All three are part of the relief committee which was formed by the state Congress unit for reaching help to needy during the pandemic.

On Wednesday, the delegation submitted memorandums to chief minister Hemant Soren, finance minister Rameshwar Oraon, health minister Banna Gupta and chief secretary Sukhdev Singh.  

Dubey said, “People of this state have the right to know the earnings of the private hospital in last 17 months since the outbreak of covid-19. Several people even complained that they were fleeced by the hospital for treatment but their near and dear ones failed to survive. The state government should conduct an audit of finances of all the private hospitals.”

As per the memorandum submitted to the government, they claimed that estimates suggested that Rs 8000 crore money was spent by people in the state for treatment during the pandemic. “Out of this, Rs 7000 was spent at private hospitals alone. At a time when government provides hosts of subsidy and other assistances to the hospitals, their fiscal books must be probed to find out if they truly served public or worked as money minting machine,” it read.