Delhi: Ganga Ram hosp gets notice for ‘violation’ of EWS norms – ET HealthWorld

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (File photo)

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has issued a show-cause notice to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for alleged violation of norms on treating Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category patients. The hospital, however, has denied the allegations.

Sources in the Delhi government said the show-cause notice was issued after the hospital’s replies to their questions were not found satisfactory. DGHS invoked Clause 14.1 of the schedule appended to Rule 14 of Delhi Nursing Homes Registration (Amendment) Rules, 2011.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital officials said, “The allegations in the notice are not true. The hospital authorities are replying to the issues raised and hope the misunderstanding, if any, would be resolved soon.”

Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Karol Bagh Vishesh Ravi claimed that he had been pursuing this matter with DGHS for years. He claimed that the gross violations included non-admission of EWS patients even when 95% of the 68 beds reserved for them were lying vacant.

“The hospital should not look down upon any EWS category patient and the issuance of show-cause notice to it should act as a deterrent for the other private hospitals in the city who show discrimination in the treatment of EWS patients,” added Ravi.

The MLA said Supreme Court had clearly stated that private hospitals who got land at concessional rates were bound to give free treatment to EWS category patients. He alleged that the hospital had shown dereliction of its responsibility towards EWS patients by not complying with DGHS guidelines.

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