Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has termed a health ministry circular banning publication of any public hospital's information without the consent from the authorities concerned corruption-friendly.
The health ministry on Sunday issued the circular saying taking pictures and videos of patients and health services inside hospitals without permission is not allowed.
Expressing grave concerns over the development, the civil society organisation demanded withdrawal of the circular the health ministry issued to the chiefs of the Directorate General of Health Services, medical college hospitals and specialised hospitals.
In a press statement today, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman described the circular as "unthinkable which will create barrier to the free flow of information as established by the law of the country."
"Not only that, it will defend all types of irregularities, corruption and plundering of state wealth," he added.
Dr Iftekhar said the circular has been issued mainly to cover up various irregularities and corruption in public hospitals.
The TIB statement mentioned that recent media reports have unearthed an alarming level of corruption and unbelievable irregularities in procurement of equipment for different government hospitals.