New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday condemned the warning issued by the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier yesterday to hospitals if they refuse COVID-19 patients or indulge in "black-marketing" of beds amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the national capital.

The DMA also slammed the Kejriwal government for filing an FIR against the authorities of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a leading private facility that has been charged with "violating rules for registering coronavirus tests".

"Delhi Medical Association strongly condemns the way Delhi CM (chief minister) is warning the doctors and threatening the hospitals about COVID-19 patients admissions and tests. Doctors who are serving the people of Delhi tirelessly from last two months in this pandemic crisis risking their lives feel insulted by the way they are being treated," the DMA said in a statement.

The response from the medical body came hours after Kejriwal on Saturday alleged black marketing of beds by private hospitals and warned them of stern action if they deny admission to any suspected or patient with mild symptoms. Later in the day, the Kejriwal government also issued an order stating that any hospital in Delhi cannot deny treatment to such people.

"Hospitals are backbone of healthcare and are serving the patients COVID or non-COVID," the DMA said, and alleged, "they are being penalised and government instead of praising their efforts is issuing new diktats daily".

"Doctors of Delhi are already overworked and over-stressed in this hour of pandemic crisis and the state government is unnecessarily putting pressure on healthcare systems," the statement said, claiming the support of its 15,000 members.

The medical body demanded a coordination committee for medical professionals and the Delhi government; adequate testing facilities; smoother patient transfers and cremations; and nodal officers for overall coordination of COVID-19 care.




(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan