A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) mobile court yesterday fined four hospitals in the capital's Mohammadpur Tk 6.1 lakh and ordered shutting two of those, including one claiming to be a drug rehabilitation centre providing mental health services.
Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah Manoshik and Madokashakto Hospital was given three days while Maliha Hospital seven to close. The other two are Bangladesh Trauma Specialised Hospital, and Vital Diagnostic Centre.
The nawab hospital was found operating without a Department of Narcotics Control license, adequate doctors, nurses, counsellors, and separate living space for mental and drug patients and had an unhygienic environment and unlabelled drug boxes, said a press release.
Patients and parents alleged physical torture and overcharging there, said the release, adding that 52 patients were kept in a space resembling a “concentration camp” for years and they suffered skin diseases caused by bug bites.
Rab-2 Deputy Director Md Didarul Alam told The Daily Star that the hospital charged Tk 21,000 a month and Tk 700 daily per patient.
The fines were imposed as per article 52 of The Consumer Rights Protection Act 2009 for substandard services.