The Central Information Commission has asked the Directorate of Health Services to disclose and upload details of patients being treated under the Economically Weaker Section category in private hospitals.
In order to ensure that patients under the EWS scheme received the benefit, Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has directed the DHS, Delhi that it should publish the name, father’s name, address and bed number of all patients treated under the category on a day-to-day basis in all the private hospitals which have been allotted land by government at subsidised rate.
The list should be published at their website daily with effect from October 1, Mr. Gandhi said in his order.
Earlier, the DHS only disclosed the number of beds available or empty for beneficiaries of the EWS patients in private hospitals who have been allotted land by government at subsidised rate.
“How could one ensure that hospitals are actually treating the EWS citizens and not anyone who did not need it”.
With this information on the website, one could check if the hospital was in anyway falsifying its record on this matter,” Mr. Gandhi said.
The order came after a resident of Uttam Nagar, Dinesh Kaushik filed an RTI application to DHS seeking information on the matter from a private hospital here.