New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday made it clear that the private hospitals built on the land allocated by the government at highly subsidized rates will have to provide free of cost treatment to economically weaker section of the society. The court dismissed the plea of three hospital owners who claimed that they cannot follow the rules as they were not granted land on this basis.

It needs to be mentioned that the Apex Court has already said in this regard in one of its judgments that hospitals built on land purchased at subsidized rates will have to provide free medical treatment to the poor. Thereafter, the Central Government issued the notification.

Reiterating its stand, the Delhi HC judges on Monday also said that a hospital having any problem with the notification can approach the Supreme Court.

Presently, Delhi High Court is hearing a contempt case against St. Stephens, Moolchand and Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Hospital. In their pleas, the hospitals said that the rule does not imply on them as they were not given lands on the basis of the new norms set by the government.