Thirty-four defaulting private hospitals have been issued notices by the Delhi Government for failing to fully comply with the directions of the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court for providing free treatment to the eligible category of economically weaker section patients.

The hospitals were instructed to provide free medical care to 10 per cent of indoor patients and 25 per cent of the total outdoor patients. At present, there are 43 private hospitals in the city identified for providing free treatment to poor patients.

The major hospitals which have defaulted in providing free treatment to both indoor as well as outdoor patients include Dharamshila Hospital and Research Centre, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket (East Block, Devki Devi), VIMHANS, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, G. M. Modi Hospital, Primus Super Speciality Hospital, Batra Hospital, Jeewan Anmol Hospital, Bensups Hospital, R. B. Seth Jessa Ram Hospital, Rockland Hospital and Fortis Vasant Kunj.

Meanwhile, Dr. Walia appreciated the services of eight hospitals – Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Max Super Speciality Hospital, I. P. Extn., Bimla Devi Hospital, Venu Eye Institute, Vinayak Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Bhagwati Hospital and Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital – which were found to be fully complying with the directions of the courts.

The release issued by the State Health Ministry also noted that recently three hospitals namely Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, Jivodaya Hospital and Guru Harkishan Hospital have been added to the list of identified private hospitals providing free treatment to the eligible category of EWS patients.

Dr. Walia said: “We are committed to fully implementing the directions of the Courts so that the poor patients benefit from the provisions regarding free treatment. The medical superintendents of government hospitals have been directed to increase the number of referral of economical weaker section patients to private hospitals. For facilitating free treatment, the availability of free beds is displayed on the Delhi Government website.”

For failing to provide free treatment to economically weaker section patients