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HUDA notice to Medanta, Fortis, Artemis in Gurugram

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Fortis, Medanta and Artemis hospitals in Gurugram have to inform in 72 hours the details of the poor patients they are attending, as also the residents of Haryana.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has issued notices to three private hospitals in Gurugram -- Fortis, Medanta and Artemis, giving them 72 hours to furnish details of the treatment given to patients who are below poverty line (BPL) and are from the economically weaker section (EWS). Once the details are provided by the hospitals, the matter would be forwarded to a monitoring committee for further action.

The hospitals also need to explain the reason for not admitting local patients, says HUDA Estate Officer-II Vivek Kalia.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed HUDA to apprise the court if BPL and EWS patients were getting medical aid from private hospitals. The high court also directed HUDA to appoint an administrator at each hospital to ensure that genuine patients receive the benefits.

It was found that these three hospitals were not providing treatment to poor patients as per the conditions agreed at the time of land allotment in 2008. The development authority provided plots to Medanta in Sector 38, Fortis in Sector 44 and Artemis in Sector 51 of Gurugram at subsidized rates on some conditions including that the hospitals will reserve 20% of the beds for the poor and provide free treatment to them.

However, while examining reports of BPL/EWS patients attended in these three hospitals, it was found that they were from outside Haryana and non-domicile of Haryana. Also, the numbers of poor patients attended were less than what the hospitals were expected to attend. Representatives from the hospitals, however, claimed that referral cases of BPL/EWS patients from district administration were very less. It seems that poor people prefer going to government hospitals rather than coming to a super-specialty hospital for treatment.

After the death of 7-year-old Adya Singh in Fortis Hospital, the state Director-General of Health Services had last month recommended HUDA to cancel land allotment to Fortis, as per the rules, and file action taken report.

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