New Delhi: Despite the norms to provide free treatment to poor patients in government hospitals, Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital is said to have failed to meet guidelines. The hospital has a notice-board, but there is not a single private hospital enlisted for free treatment to the poor.

As per government rules, hospitals should have facility to treat poor patients. After the court’s directions, 10 percent quota has been fixed for the treatment of the poor in such hospitals, which is applicable for both OPD and emergency cases.

After court’s order, the Health Directorate had asked all the government hospitals to put up a notice-board which should enlist the names of the hospitals where free treatment is available for the economically backward class.

Apart from the names, it should also mention the area and number of beds reserved or the poor.
The DDU hospital has a notice-board but the names of the hospitals are missing. Instead, the board carries appeal for eye donations.

According to sources, poor patients who require necessary treatment are not sent to private hospitals.

Medical Superintendent of DDU, Kusham Bhattacharya, said, there are 37 hospitals where free treatment for poor is available.

“We will inspect the hospital premises and enlist all the names of the hospitals,” he added.

JPN/Bureau