Thiruvananthapuram: A bill to regulate the functioning of clinical establishments, including in hospitals, was introduced in the Kerala assembly today and was referred to the subject committee for further steps.

The Bill titled 'Kerala Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation), 2017', was moved by Health Minister K K Shailaja.

The bill stated that nearly 70 per cent of health services are being carried out in private hospitals, dispensaries and laboratories and that there was no law to effectively control its functioning.

It said government had decided to bring in a suitable law to regulate these institutions after holding discussions with experts in this filed

The bill also envisages steps to check the fee for tests and negligence in these institutions.