The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has lambasted the the Urban Development Ministry, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Government for their failure in acting against private hospitals that do not provide free treatment to the poor. This was a pre-condition for providing land to hospitals at concessional rates.
In its report on the action taken by the government on its previous recommendations in this regard, which was tabled in both houses of Parliament on Thursday, the PAC recommended an enquiry by a high-level independent agency to find out the circumstances under which these irregularities were committed and punishment for the guilty DDA officials.
The terms and conditions for allotment of prime land worth hundreds of crores at concessional rates to private hospitals stipulate that they must provide free treatment to 25 per cent of total indoor patients and 40 per cent in the outpatients department (OPD). Many hospitals were found to be violating this condition with active connivance of DDA and Delhi Government officials.
The PAC, with South Delhi MP VK Malhotra as its Chairman, expressed dismay over the fact that no follow-up action was taken by DDA against as many as 10 big hospitals that were issued show cause notices.
The 10 hospitals that were issued the notices are Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute for Renal and Digestive Diseases, Dharmshila Cancer Hospital, Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Shanti Mukand Hospital, National Heart Institute, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Society,Bhagwati Hospital (Sarvodaya Foundation) and Mai Kamli Wali Jan Kalyan Charitable Trust, Rajouri Garden.