A bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to 12 hospitals, including the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital and St. Stephen’s Hospital, and sought their replies by August 30 on a plea seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against them for their failure to comply with the court’s March 22, 2007 order.
While dealing with a PIL, the high court had in 2007 ordered that “all private hospitals to whom public land has been allotted on concessional rates are obliged to provide free treatment to the extent of 25 per cent OPD and 10 per cent IPD to patients belonging to EWS category”.
The petitioner Social Jurist, an NGO, had filed the plea through counsel Ashok Aggarwal and sought a direction to hospitals to follow the lease deed conditions of reserving 25 per cent beds for patients from the economically weaker section (EWS) of the society.
Meanwhile, the Delhi HC asked the government to ensure that all government and recognised private schools have a doctor and a compounder during school hours to meet any emergency.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw referred to the city government’s Delhi School Education Rule and said, “The Delhi government will ensure that all government and recognised private schools should have a doctor and compounder/dispenser on whole-time or part-time basis within eight weeks.”
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