New Delhi: Private hospitals in the capital may claim that poor patients do not visit them for free treatment. But in an inquiry, it was found that despite High Court’s order, hospitals resort to several measures in order to get rid of such patients.

Around 16 hospitals have been audited by the members of monitoring committee formed under the order of High Court and Social Jurist, an organization headed by senior advocate Ashok Agarwal, together.

It was found that Max Balaji hospital, situated at Patparganj area of New Delhi, has not displayed any board to give information regarding High Court’s guidelines.

The patients, who were sent by the monitoring committee for treatment to the hospital, were unable to get any information by the hospital staff about free treatment facilities.

Surprisingly, the hospital staff of Vasant Kunj Fortis Hospital sent these patients back by giving them a reason that concerned doctors are not available in the Hospital. Rockland Hospital denied them treatment on the grounds of non-availability of prescription from government hospitals supposed to be carried by them. Free medicines were not given to the patients in Shri Balaji Hospital.

In Jeevanodya hospital situated at Ashok Vihar, patients are not entitled to any other facility except Physician’s advice.

High Court has mandated reservation of 10 per cent beds and 25 per cent out-patient facilities for the poor in private hospitals in Delhi.


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