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Apollo Hospital ticked off

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NEW DELHI, JULY 27. Contrary to the obligation of providing 40 per cent free OPD treatment and 25 per cent free beds to poor patients, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here has only provided an average of 2 per cent of such facilities to the poor patients during the past three years. The hospital has once again been put on the official panel of the Delhi Government allowing officers and MLAs to get treatment there.

Replying to a question by Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (NCP) on the implementation of the quota of free treatment for poor patients, the Health Minister, Yoganand Shastri, said Indraprastha Apollo Hospital had treated a meagre 179 patients free of cost during the last three years in the general OPD category, far below the committed ratio of 20 per cent. The ratio of patients provided free treatment inside the hospital hovered around 2.16 per cent against the requirement of 40 per cent made mandatory in the lease deed and in the agreement signed by the hospital with the Delhi Government at the time of setting up this unit.

Mr. Bidhuri alleged that the hospital was not honouring its commitment made to the Delhi Government at the time of land allotment. He said the Delhi Government also had a share in the hospital's equity and injustice was being done to the poor who were being sent away by the hospital without any proper treatment. He sought to know from the Minister what action was being taken against the hospital for violating the conditions laid down in the lease deed. He said a committee comprising of elected representatives and officers should be set up to inquire into the matter and point out the anomalies in the system.

Dr. Shastri replied that he had already taken up the matter and asked the concerned hospitals to submit a report within six months. He assured the House that no step was being taken to dilute the stake of the Government or let the hospital off the hook as far as treating poor patients was concerned.

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