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Don’t refuse treatment to accident victims: CM

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‘Govt. won’t hesitate to take strict action, including cancellation of hospital licence’

No accident and burn injuries victim within the geographical boundary of Delhi should be denied free treatment, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warned private hospitals on Tuesday.

He said that the government would not hesitate to take the “strictest possible action”, including cancellation of licence, against hospitals refusing treatment.

At a meeting with representatives of private hospitals, the CM said that his government had implemented a scheme to provide free treatment to victims of accidents, burns and acid attacks in private hospitals on February 1 last year.

“It is said that the first hour is extremely critical for accident and burn injury victims and if medical help is provided to them during this time, their lives can be saved. The Delhi government had implemented this scheme keeping in mind this fact,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

He further said that the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court, in many directions, had made it mandatory that accident and burn injuries victims be provided free treatment at the first available hospital and no hospital can deny treatment to them under any circumstances.

However, he said, some complaints had been received recently in which it was alleged that some private hospitals had refused treatment. “Some of the hospitals refuse to treat accident victims because they think nobody may turn up to pay their bills or since they are sure if the victims have insurance,” the Chief Minister said.

The Delhi government had launched a scheme in this regard in February that helped save the lives of 2,501 victims till April.

“I had a meeting with the representatives of private hospitals today [Tuesday]. I told them that the Delhi government considers them a partner in this scheme. Government hospitals save lives of several such victims and it is your duty too. “It is your responsibility and you cannot make any excuses,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

“The Delhi government is bearing the entire cost of treatment of accident and burn injuries victims under its scheme and there should be no complaint in this regard. I am happy that all the hospitals assured us that they will not refuse to treat any such victim,” the Chief Minister said.

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