The private hospitals' lobby is very powerful across the country and Karnataka is no exception. As the Centre and the state governments since ages have refused to improve infrastructure and facilities in government-run hospitals and dispensaries, private hospitals have literally turned into "sharks" where patients are treated at an exorbitant rate without any monitoring. Since most of the government hospitals in the country are in shambles, patients in need of care and attention have no other option but to visit private hospitals that have been refusing to come under any law and scrutiny. It is the same attitude on the part of the private hospitals' lobby in Karnataka that is being reflected when private hospitals in the state have decided to call for a day-long strike on Friday to oppose the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Act. The southern state has over 45,000 private hospitals, diagnostic centres and clinics and all these establishments will remain closed on Friday, causing major inconvenience to patients in need of medical attention.