The Supreme Court on Monday said all private hospitals in the national capital, which were given land on concessional rate, must provide free treatment to certain percentage of poor patients.
The apex court said that all private hospitals operating or functioning in Delhi which have got land at cheaper rates shall give free treatment to 25 per cent Out Patient Departments (OPD) patients. It also ordered that 10 per cent of the In Patient Departments (IPD) poor patients should be given free treatment.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said any resistance by the hospitals would lead to cancellation of the lease and sought periodical report on compliance of its order from the Delhi government.
The bench said it will monitor functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost.
The Supreme Court made it clear that if these private hospitals try to resist then it can lead to cancellation of their lease.
The top court also sought periodical reports from the Delhi government on the issue.