Delhi’s hospi­tal quota for res­i­dents scrapped

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region -

The Delhi high court on Fri­day quashed a di­rec­tive by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) govern­ment re­serv­ing 80% of beds in Guru Tegh Ba­hadur Hospi­tal for res­i­dents of the na­tional cap­i­tal, stat­ing that the no­ti­fi­ca­tion was im­per­mis­si­ble un­der the con­sti­tu­tion and “suf­fers from var­i­ous vices”.

The bench said the no­ti­fi­ca­tion sought to cre­ate what it de­scribed as a class within a class. “…we have no hes­i­ta­tion in hold­ing that the im­pugned cir­cu­lar suf­fers from var­i­ous vices which are not per­mis­si­ble un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion; the cir­cu­lar clas­si­fies iden­ti­cally sit­u­ated per­sons dif­fer­ently for the pur­pose of grant­ing them med­i­cal fa­cil­ity with­out any ra­tio­nal ba­sis ...we can­not up­hold such a clas­si­fi­ca­tion,” it said.

The court di­rected the state govern­ment to pro­vide med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at the hospi­tal to all cit­i­zens as was be­ing done be­fore the en­force­ment of the no­ti­fi­ca­tion. The court’s rul­ing came on plea by a non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO), So­cial Jurist, that chal­lenged the di­rec­tive re­serv­ing fa­cil­i­ties for the res­i­dents of Delhi on a pilot ba­sis.

The plea said the no­ti­fi­ca­tion de­prived non-Delhi res­i­dents of treat­ment at the hospi­tal.

GTB Hospi­tal, es­tab­lished in 1987 has a 700-bed fa­cil­ity, is the only Delhi govern­ment ter­tiary care hospi­tal in East Delhi, ca­ter­ing to the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion as well as pa­tients from ad­ja­cent states, ac­cord­ing to its web­site. The hospi­tal pro­vides round-the-clock emer­gency ser­vices. HTC

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