Opposition MPs censure govt for health sector corruption

 Opposition MPs censure govt for health sector corruption

Health minister Zahid Maleque | UNB file photo

Minister says criticisms make him stronger

Several opposition lawmakers on Wednesday criticised the mismanagement in the health sector, including in private hospitals and medical colleges, while health minister Zahid Maleque said that criticisms made him stronger.

The lawmakers while speaking in the parliament on the Medical Colleges (Governing Bodies) (Repeal) Bill 2021 also raised questions about the involvement of physicians in politics.

Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid said that physicians and scientists should stay away from politics.

‘People are deprived of services if physicians and scientists spend their time in politics,’ he said.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker Md Harunur Rashid said that the health sector was ‘very ill’ when the country was celebrating its golden jubilee.

‘Still, physicians of government hospitals are practicing at private hospitals,’ he said, adding that private hospitals are doing business in the name of service.

He said that there were huge allegations of irregularities against private medical colleges and hospitals.

He said that many students were admitted to private medical colleges through forgery while many private hospitals kept patients hostage for money.

BNP lawmaker Rumeen Farhana said that people were financially broken by paying for health services.

He said that the health sector had collapsed because of massive corruption and irregularities.

BNP lawmaker Md Mosharof Hosen said that the health sector needed treatment immediately.

JP lawmaker Md Mujibul Haque urged the government to take an initiative to stop private practices of physicians of government hospitals.

JP lawmaker Pir Fazlur Rahman said that the government should make a policy to regulate treatment costs at private hospitals.

Responding to the criticisms, health minister Zahid Maleque said that he took criticisms positively.

‘I like criticisms as the criticisms make me stronger. But the criticisms must be fair,’ he said.

He also said that there was no scope of criticizing the political activities of physicians as every person had the right to do politics.

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