Government sends notices to private hospitals on free treatment issue
Dr. A. K. Walia, Health and Family Welfare Minister today informed that the Delhi Governmenthas issued notices to 10 Private Hospitals identified for providing free treatment to poor patients as to why proceedings of contempt of court may not be initiated against them for not complying with the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and Hon'ble High Court of Delhi to provide free treatment to the extent of 10% of Indoor Patients (IPD) and 25% of total Outdoor Patients (OPD) completely free in all respects to patients belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of society. They have been directed to reply within seven days. In case of their non-compliance, contempt cases will be initiated against these hospitals for violation of Court Orders.
Dr. Walia informed that although the hospitals are required to provide free treatment to the extent of 10% of IPD, they failed to comply with even one-third of the required quota. Their indoor patient performance was found to be less than 3.3%. Delhi Government had earlier issued notices on September 19, 2012 directing them to improve their performance. But these hospitals failed to make any improvement.
The hospitals which have been notices are Dharamshila Hospital and Research Centre, Vasundhara Enclave,,Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Okhla, Max Super Specialty Hospital (Max Devki Devi Heart and Vascular Institute), Saket , VIMHANS, Nehru Nagar, Gujarmal Modi Hospital, Saket Primus Super Specialty Hospital, Chankya Puri Bensups Hospital, Dwarka R.B. Seth Jessa Ram Hospital, Dwarka Rockland Hospital, Qutub Institutional Area Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Charitable Trust - Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj.
Dr. Walia advised these hospitals to improve their performance in the interest of economically weaker sections of the society and in compliance of the directions of the Hon'ble Courts. He expressed hope that these hospital will rise to the occasion and grant admission to more indoor patients as part of their legal as well as social commitments.
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