BELAGAVI: The joint select committee report on the controversial Karnataka private medical establishments ( KPME ) amendment bill of 2017, tabled at the legislature on Tuesday, saw no "actual" changes, and only cosmetic rework.According to doctors, the select committee report does not speak of any clauses for which they have been on strike, including the removal of the grievance redressal committee and hike in penalties which are to be levied on the private medical establishments. "The select committee report speaks of only cosmetic changes, like bringing a Clinician instead of a drug controller into the appeals committee for keeping a check on the prescriptions given to patients. "I have always held my ideals close to those followed by my mentors Putaparthi Sai Baba, former chief minister Devaraj Urs in politics and former speaker K H Rangnath. "I have read and heard about three people having died in the state due to the striking doctors. As the health minister, I would like to apologise to the family of the deceased and regret the doctors not attending to these patients due to the strike," he said.
Source: Times of India November 14, 2017 14:03 UTC