Hindustan Times (Delhi) : 2019-02-10
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metro hindustantimes 04 S U N DAY H I N DU STA N T I M E S , N EW D E L H I F E B R U A RY 1 0 , 2 0 1 9 HC wrong to end Delhi quota in GTB hospital, says Kejriwal n HEALTHCARE NEEDS CM says city services sufficient only to cater to residents; activist call it ‘vote bank politics’ n Anonna Dutt n LIFELINE GTB [email protected] n Guru Teg Bahadur hospital is the biggest government-run hospital in the trans-yamuna region Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the Delhi high court was wrong to scrap a government directive to reserve 80% beds in Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital for city residents.
“We did not restrict the emergency services or the free consultations. We just said that the free medicines that are paid for by the tax of Delhi residents should be for Delhi residents only,” said Kejriwal during a visit to the hospital. “Our services are sufficient to cater to Delhi patients. If we have to look after patients from across the country, our entire budget would not be enough. The high court decision is wrong... And, Delhi residents should get preference in the in-patient department. This is justified. Why shouldn’t the money be used for Delhi residents?”
GTB hospital is the biggest Delhi government hospital in the trans-yamuna region with nearly 70% of its patients coming from neighbouring states.
The government has challenged the high court’s October decision in the Supreme Court and will likely be up for hearing next week.
The government had restricted free medicine and diagnostic facilities only to patients from Delhi. Up to 80% of its 1,700 beds were also reserved for Delhi patients from October 1. Emergency services and any medicines or tests needed in the emergency department were, however, available for all.
“The court said that we have to respect the right to life of every citizen,” said the chief minister. “The neighbouring states do not have good healthcare facility... why ruin something good that is happening in Delhi? What about the right to life of the Delhi residents who have to wait in queue for hours? And, why shouldn’t the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar government care for the right to life of NEW DELHI : n On Day 1
OPD attendance 1,700 Blood and lab diagnostics bed multispeciality hospital n 5,500 instead of 8,000 to 10,000 180 instead of 360 X-ray procedures Ultrasound procedures n The scheme 190 instead of 370 145 instead of 300 Diagnostic services, 80% beds and free medicines only for Delhi residents Emergency and consultation services were available to all Source: GTB hospital What the court had said n “... It would be seen that the state is shirking away from discharging its constitutional obligation ... by contending lack of facilities like infrastructure, manpower and law and order situation created by outburst of population...”
The court said the classification was based on no reasonable justification except residence. It also said the constitution guarantees equality before law and confers equal protection, adding that no citizen shall be discriminated on the basis of place of birth. n n › n n n PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER Pressreader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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