Delhi health minister Kiran Walia said the government would soon issue a show-cause notice to Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj on how it was being run, despite the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) yet to provide a completion certificate to the government.
Walia said the land on which the hospital has been built was allotted by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to the Rajan Dhal Charitable Trust and that the Government did not have any information on whether the hospital has bought the plot from the trust.
“The hospital had given an application to the MCD for approval of its building plan
but it is yet to be approved,” Walia said.
Walia also agreed to inquire how just five ‘poor patients’ could avail free treatment in the in-patient department in the past four years of its
existence, despite the hospital boasting of 11 beds reserved
for the poor.
Replying to a question listed by BJP MLA Satya Parkash Rana, Walia said the hospital was not among the 13 hospitals in Delhi, which have taken exemption from the High Court on providing “free medicines and consumerables” to the poor.
“It is a matter of concern why just five poor patients have so far availed free treatment at this hospital,” said Walia.
“I assure the House that we will look into the issue and start soon initiate action,” Walia said in the house.
He added the hospital’s registration was due for renewal in April and the government will renew the registration only after detailed scrutiny of its documents.
BJP MLAs, however, alleged that the health department was hand in glove with the hospital management.
They demanded that a Committee be set up to probe the matter.
“We have not received a formal communication on this matter and once we hear from the Delhi Government, we will be able to initiate proper action,” said Ranjana Smetaeeak, spokesperson, Fortis Hospital.