5 Apr 2023

Rajasthan Right to Health Bill: Pvt Doctors End Stir After Agreement With Govt; CM Gehlot Hails Move

JAIPUR:  Rajasthan private doctors on Tuesday ended protests over the Right to Health Bill after reaching an agreement with the government. The announcement was made by the Indian Medical Association's Rajasthan branch.


Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the state government's objective to bring in the Right to Health (RTH) was that no one should suffer due to lack of treatment. He expressed satisfaction that the doctor fraternity agreed to the proposals put forth by the state government regarding Right to Health. With this, Rajasthan has now become the first state in the country to implement the Right to Health.

Gehlot said that all the people of the state have extended their cooperation to the state government in the favour of the bill and have welcomed this pro-people bill. Now the doctors agreeing to this important bill, is a good sign. 


He hoped that all doctors will immediately join their duty and that private and government hospitals will make the Right to Health, schemes such as the Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana and RGHS successful. 

'Docs will present Rajasthan Model of Public Health'

He expressed faith that the way private and government hospitals had set an example with excellent management of Covid, similarly, they will successfully implement these schemes on the ground and present the 'Rajasthan Model of Public Health'.


The state government and doctors reached an agreement on the Right to Health on Tuesday. Medical Education department principal secretary T Ravikanth and the representatives of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), United Private Clinics' & Hospitals' Association of Rajasthan (UPCHAR) and Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Society (PHNS) discussed and agreed on various points.

Pvt multi-specialty hospitals with less than 50 beds to be kept out of purview of RTH

According to the agreement, private multispecialty hospitals having less than 50 beds will be kept out of the purview of this law in the first phase of implementation of the Right to Health. There will be no binding of this law on those private hospitals that have not taken any concession from the government or any rebate in allotment of land for the hospital.

As per the agreement, this law will be implemented in private medical colleges and hospitals, hospitals running on PPP mode, those hospitals that have been allotted land free of cost or on subsidised rates and hospitals run by a trust that got land on concession or subsidised rates. 


It was also agreed to consider the regularisation of hospitals functioning in different places in the state as per the 'Kota Model'. In this model, it will be considered to give relaxation in building rules to those hospitals that are functioning in residential premises.

Cases registered during agitation will be withdrawn

According to the agreement, police cases and other cases registered during the agitation will be withdrawn. It will be considered to bring a single window system for licenses and other approvals. Similarly, giving fire NOC to private hospitals every five years will be considered. Along with this, it was also agreed that changes in the rules in the Right to Health law would be made in consultation with the representative of IMA.

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