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Raipur takes over all private hospitals, then does U-turn

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday issued a notification announcing the takeover of all private hospitals and nursing homes, only to withdraw it within the hour, saying it was a “clerical mistake”.
The circular, signed by director of health services, was circulated in the afternoon, saying that WHO had declared a health emergency in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and it has “become necessary to acquire all private hospitals and nursing homes”.
Citing Chhattisgarh Epidemic diseases Covid-19 rules 2020, it announced that the government would take over all private hospitals and nursing homes, along with staff and equipment and infrastructure, from March 26 to battle the virus However, within an hour, the DHS issued another oneline circular, stating that the earlier order is being withdrawn with immediate effect as it was “issued due to a clerical mistake”. Sources in the private healthcare sector said the order had sparked panic among them as health authorities had not consulted them beforehand.

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