The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has warned the hospitals across the country to remain alert so that any fresh untoward incident like refusal of treatment to admission-seeking patients does not take place.
The DGHS issued specific directives in this regard to all the hospitals and all field-level health workers on Tuesday.
"It is observed some patients, who require emergency admission, are being refused at different hospitals with various excuses like a seat and cabin crisis, lack of machinery etc. These are followed by media reports like giving birth on vans, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and so on."
"This is unexpected and inhumane. Such incidents trigger criticisms and questions over the service quality of hospitals as well as the government," according to the directives.
The DGHS asked all the hospitals to remain alert to avoid such incidents in future.
It also suggested admitting patients and referring them to another facility after providing them with necessary treatment and counselling.
At the same time, the health directorate made it clear that the governing body of the hospital concerned will be responsible if any new unexpected incident takes place in future.
The authorities concerned will also be held accountable, it added.