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Raids in hospital: Letter to coordinate Health Service Division

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:58 PM, 5 August 2020  

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sent a letter to coordinate with the Health Service Division of the ministry in conducting raids in any government or private hospital.

Recently, the ministry has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Public Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The letter stated that after the outbreak of coronavirus outbreak, various members of the law enforcement agencies were conducting raids in government and private hospitals in the country. The raids at the hospital by multiple law enforcement agencies are disrupting their normal medical activities. As a result, there is a dissatisfaction in health institutions. 

In the meantime, a task force committee, including a joint secretary-level official of the Public Security Division as a member, has been formed by the Health Service Division to monitor the overall activities of public and private hospitals. 

In future, if there is a need for law enforcement to conduct any operation or raid in the healthcare institution, it can be done in consultation with the Health Service Division, the letter further said, adding that “if any government or non-government organization feels the need to conduct an emergency raid, it is requested to coordinate the health division or Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, if needed.”

It is worth to be mentioned that the leaders of private medical colleges and hospital owners’ associations met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at his residence recently in the wake of RAB’s raids on allegations of irregularities in various hospitals. 

During the meeting, the leaders of the association raised the issue of the ongoing operation of the RAB against the irregularities in various hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak. They requested the minister to suspend the RAB drives during the pandemic.