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HC notice to AIIMS on free treatment for man suffering from Reiter’s disease

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Justice Vibhu Bakhru of the High Court, issuing the notices, asked the respondents to file their replies by September 26.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here and the Union and Delhi governments on a writ petition moved by a man seeking free treatment costing about Rs.8 lakh at the Institute for Reiter's disease.

In his petition, Sarvesh (38), said he had been left crippled and immobile because of the ailment, which develops as reactive arthritis in response to an infection in another part of the body.

He urgently needs a hip and knee replacement surgery which, being poor, he cannot afford.

Petitioner’s counsel Ashok Aggarwal said Sarvesh had been admitted to AIIMS but the doctors there were not performing the surgery as he could not pay the cost. Mr. Aggarwal contended that AIIMS, being a government health institution, was under a constitutional obligation to provide free treatment to poor patients.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru of the High Court, issuing the notices, asked the respondents to file their replies by September 26. He also asked them to suggest a solution to the issue raised in the petition.

Sarvesh used to work as a casual labourer before he was immobilised due to the disease in 2012. His wife works as a domestic help and has a meagre income.

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