Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam, a human rights organisation, has called for stern action against hospitals that have allegedly carried out unethical clinical trials on patients from impoverished backgrounds.

Addressing a press conference here, Hari P.G., the president of the organisation, said that successive governments had followed a policy of opening up the health sector to private parties.

He accused that revelation of unethical clinical trials through which the Central government is eyeing an income to the tune of Rs. 20,000 crore, is only a continuation of that policy.

The organisation called for a mechanism to examine and inquire into the functioning of private hospitals.

The government should take immediate steps to correct the flawed policy that relegated humans into guinea pigs for drug companies and every single person who collided with that should be brought to books.

Mr. Hari said that the accused hospitals and research centres had flouted all guidelines issued by the Indian Council for Medical Research in connection with clinical trials. He alleged that poor patients approaching free medical camps had fallen victims to the unethical trials.