ANDRA PRADESH TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT PATIENT PRIVACY AND DIGNITY IN HOSPITALS:Bans media from state hospitals

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From July 30th Edition of Deccan Chronicle published from Hyderabad. Andra Pradesh has issued government order banning media from entering hospitals without written permission. Order was issued after private TV channels videotaped a tribal lady delivering baby in the hospital.

This is a great victory for all privacy rights and ethical media advocates.

We at Peoples Rights Group and Pragatipara Patrakartara Vedike welcome this order by Andra Pradesh government intended to protect privacy of patients inside the hospitals.. We hope other states follow Andra Pradesh in this.

Excerpt from the report:

Hyderabad/Vizianagaram, July 29: The government has banned the media
from entering government hospitals. Instead, it has ordered setting up
of separate “Press Rooms” in hospitals where mediapersons can meet
people either to take interviews or photographs.The latest GO was
issued following an incident involving a pregnant tribal woman
delivering a baby outside the maternity ward at the Gandhi Hospital,
Secunderabad on January 11.

After the Gandhi Hospital incident, there were talks that
mediapersons were entering labour rooms and taking photographs and
obstructing doctors from performing their duties.

The clause on Press Rooms reads: A separate “Press Room” shall be
created in every major hospital in the State. All media should
assemble only in this room for any information. Under any
circumstances, they should not go inside labour rooms, operation
theatres, post-operative wards, ICUs etc. Patients and attendants
besides the hospital staff, can be interviewed by the press in this
room.”

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One Comment on “ANDRA PRADESH TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT PATIENT PRIVACY AND DIGNITY IN HOSPITALS:Bans media from state hospitals”

  1. mudra rakshasa Says:

    IT IS HIGHT TIME KARNATAKA TOO PASSED SUCH AN ORDER
    It was indeed sickening to see ministers & other peety politicians entering Janapada Artist Karim Khans ICU in a private nursing home…list of visitors included even health minister Ashok!!!
    They even showed Karim Khan with all tubes going in and out of his body…man in deathbed did not know all this…


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