Pant Hospital assures HC of free treatment to poor patient

GB Pant Hospital assured the Delhi High Court that it would provide free treatment to an 18-year-old boy.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 00:19 AM IST

New Delhi: The G B Pant Hospital on Tuesday assured the Delhi High Court that it would provide free treatment to an 18-year-old boy who sought a direction to the hospital not to charge Rs 1,30,000 for the replacement of his two valves in the heart.

Justice S Muralidhar disposed of the petition filed by master Furkan, who hails from Modi Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, through his father Akbar Ali, a hawker, after accepting an affidavit from the hospital authority.

"Without prejudice, it is submitted that the petitioner was undergouing free treatment from the hospital. His case was recommended for implant of free valve by the treating doctor.

However, the petitioner failed to submit requisite papers along with the application for processing his case," the affidavit filed by the hospital authorities said.
Ali`s lawyer advocate Ashok Agarwal pleaded with the court that his client was too poor as his earning is not more than Rs 2000 per month and cannot afford the costly treatment and would die for want of it.

He argued denial by the hospital to provide free treatment to him would be a violation of his client`s fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution and the government is obliged to protect the citizens` fundamental right.
It cannot allow violation of this right of a citizen on the pretext of paucity of funds, argued Agarwal adding even the hospital, while treating his client earlier, had admitted that it had a scheme for giving free treatment to the poor.

The scheme was, however, was discontinued later by the hospital, said Agarwal while pleading for the court`s direction for free treatment to his client.

PTI