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Hospitals cannot detain patients, bodies over payment disputes: Draft patient charter
Not discharging a patient or declining to hand over a body to relatives by hospitals over payment disputes may soon become an offence if a charter on patients' rights released by the Union Health Ministry comes into force. According to the draft of Patient Charter, hospitals cannot detain a patient in the hospital and not allow him or her to take discharge over procedural grounds such as dispute in payment of hospital charges.
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