Delhi LG Anil Baijal overrules Arvind Kejriwal's order to reserve hospitals for locals
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that hospitals run by the Delhi government and some private hospitals will be reserved for only for city-state's residents, Lieutenant Governor and Chairman DDMA Anil Baijal overruled the state government's decision.
The Lieutenant Governor has directed the authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of Delhi.
Earlier in the day, a plea was moved in the Delhi High Court challenging the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's order directing all hospitals under it as also the private ones to admit only "bona fide" residents of the national capital for treatment.
The application contended that the Delhi government's June 7 order was unconstitutional and "against humanity".
"The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi's health scheme-DAK health scheme has an unconstitutional and highly discriminatory eligibility criteria -- the requirement of being the resident of Delhi -- in order to access the health services in the National Capital Territory of Delhi," the petition has claimed.
Kejriwal had on Sunday announced that the hospitals run by the Delhi government and private entities will only treat Delhiites during the coronavirus crisis.
Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal had said that the hospitals run by the Centre will have no such restriction, and if the people from other states come to the national capital for specific surgeries, they can get medical treatment at private hospitals.
The announcement comes a day after a five-member panel constituted by the AAP government suggested that the health infrastructure of the city should be used only for treating Delhiites in view of the raging COVID-19 crisis.
Till March, all the hospitals of Delhi were open to all. The residents of Delhi never denied treatment to any person ever, the chief minister said, adding that at any given time nearly 60-70 per cent of patients in Delhi hospitals are from other states.
"Nearly 7.5 lakh people have sent their suggestions to us and over 90 per cent people want Delhi hospitals to treat patients from the national capital during the coronavirus pandemic," Kejriwal said.
"Hence, it has been decided that government and private hospitals in Delhi will only treat patients from the national capital," Kejriwal added.
(With PTI inputs)
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