New Delhi: Trying to come to terms with the Supreme Court order to provide free treatment to the poor,  Delhi’s private hospitals have reluctantly accepted the verdict and are geared up to act on the same.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Health Minister Dr AK Walia said the Apex Court took the decision keeping the welfare of the patients in mind.
“We will keep a strict vigil on all the hospitals so that they follow the court’s order,” said Dr Walia.

Appealing to those patients who face difficulty while treatment, Dr Walia said, “They can directly contact the Ministry.”

Private hospitals like Fortis, Max, Balaji Action Medical Institute, Jaipur Golden, Deepak Memorial etc had challenged High Court’s ruling in the Supreme Court.

Speaking on the order on behalf of Fortis Hospital, Ranjana said, “We haven’t received any written notification in this regard but will follow what the court says.”

Lawyer Ashok Agarwal, who had filed a petition in the court against private hospitals said, “Around 40 private hospitals have received land from the government on subsidised rates and they have to treat poor patients free of cost.”

“As per 10 percent reservation, around 800 beds will be saved for such patients. Three hospitals had refused to comply with the High Court’s verdict who are now facing contempt cases,” said Agarwal.

Meanwhile, the monitoring committee constituted by the Delhi government in 2007 said that most of the hospitals do not match the standards set by the court.

JPN/Bureau