New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill to
regulate private hospitals and clinics across the country
in a bid to crack down on illegal trade of organs.
The Clinical Establishments Bill envisages setting up a
national council and state councils and for regulating such
It would ensure that no person runs a clinic unless it has
been duly registered in accordance with prescribed procedure.
The bill was passed without discussion as the House
witnessed uproar over reported scam in allocation of 2G
spectrum and alleged links of a union minister with a
Bangladeshi arms dealer.
For registration and continuation of operation, every
establishment will have to follow minimum standards of
facilities and services.
The establishments will have to provide the medical
examination and treatment as may be required to stabilise the
emergency medical condition of any individual who comes or is
brought to the facility.
The bill envisages setting up of a National Council for
Clinical Establishments and separate state councils to
regulate the medical facilities.
The state councils will be responsible for compiling and
updating the state register of clinical establishments and
sending monthly returns in digital format for updating the
The state government would also set up district
authorities for registration of health units, with the
district collector and district health officer as members.
The Government had felt the necessity of the act after
reports of widespread illegal organ donation and sex selection
ultrasound tests carried out by certain private medical