Provide free treatment to poor: Supreme Court to private hospitals

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New Delhi, July 9: The Supreme Court on Monday said all private hospitals in the national capital, which were given subsidised land by the government will have to provide free treatment to patients belonging to weaker sections of the society.

Providing treatment to the poor was one of the clauses in the lease deed because of which land was given to hospitals the concessional price.

It is compulsory for private hospitals, constructed on land allocated by the government on concessional rates, to provide 10 per cent treatment to In Patient Department (IPD) and 25 per cent to Out Patient Department (OPD) for free.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said any resistance by the hospitals would lead to cancellation of the lease and sought periodical report on compliance of its order from the Delhi government.

The court further stated it will monitor the functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost.

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