All private hospitals in Odisha will remain closed as part of a 24-hour cease work strike on May 25 to pitch for their demand for an amendment in the Odisha Clinical Establishment Act, 1990.
All Odisha Private Medical Establishment Forum (AOPMEF) alleged that the Odisha Clinical Establishment Act, 1990 is a hindrance for easy registration and renewal of private health facilities. Even though the State Government had been apprised of the matter back in 2014, no action has been taken so far.
Therefore, the forum has decided to observe a 24-hour strike on May 25, said a member of the outfit.
“We have decided to close all private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres from 6 am on May 25 to 6 am on May 26. We would approach the Government to commence registration of new clinical establishments and renewal of old establishments without any delay. We hope the protest will be a success,” said AOPMEF spokesperson Subrat Jena.
Earlier in April this year, the AOPMEF had written a letter to Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena urging him to expedite registration and renewal process of private hospitals within a month, failing which they will launch agitation on May 25.