Arvind Kejriwalled Delhi Government has slapped Rs 700 crore fine on five Private hospitals for denying free treatment to poor patients. The government has accused private hospitals such as Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Max Super Specialty hospital, Dharamshila Hospital, PushpawatiSinghania Research Institute and Shanti Mukund Hospital of flouting rules, under which poor patients should get free access to out- patient department (OPD) services and hospital admissions.

The money recovered would be used to set up a corpus fund to be used for Delhi’s health sector, said Hem Parkash, additional director, in-charge of beds for people from the EWS, was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying. According to Hindustan Times, We treat thousands of EWS patients every year and are extremely serious towards fulfilling our obligations. We will prefer an appeal against this order Devki Devi Foundation, the parent organisation of Saket’s Max hospital. To all those private hospitals the rules are applicable and have been needed to give land on Concessional rates.

The Delhi government has said that it would recover the profits made by the private hospitals, which they made by charging for services allocated to poor patients. As the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has to pay Rs 503 crore fine to the Government. As the money recovered would be used to set up a corpus fund to be used for Delhi’s health Sector. The hospitals were served notices in December 2015 and given a hearing, finalised and issued on Thursday. The Delhi government has given land at concessional rates to 43 private hospitals on the condition that they would provide free treatment to poor people.