GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1293
TO BE ANSWERED ON 09.03.2010
Allocation of Hospital Beds for the Poor .
1293. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-
(a) the allotted number of beds to treat Below Poverty Line (BPL)/economically deprived patients in private and Government hospitals in Delhi;
(b) whether it is a fact that a Delhi High Court order directs hospitals to make their bed occupancy public;
(c) whether it is also a fact that a large number of private hospitals are not adhering to the Hon’ble High Court’s order; and
(d) if so, the action taken/proposed to be taken against such hospitals?
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD)
(a) Health being a state listed subject, the functioning of private hospitals in Delhi are governed by the Government of NCT of Delhi. As such no information is maintained centrally.
In so far as Government Hospitals in Delhi, namely, Dr. R.M.L. Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and LHMC and its associated hospitals are concerned, there are no special beds earmarked for Below Poverty Line (BPL)/economically deprived patients. These hospitals provide medical treatment to all the patients free of cost irrespective of their status.
(b) to (d) Yes. In pursuance of the directions of the Hon’ble High Court, Delhi in Writ petition No. 2866/2002 titled “Social Jurist Vs. Government of NCT of Delhi and others”, all the private hospitals in Delhi, to whom land has been allotted on concessional rates, have been directed to comply the conditions of free treatment to poor persons to the extent of 25% OPD and 10% IPD.