Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) has issued show cause notices to Apollo Hospital and Army Research and Referral Hospital for allegedly refusing admission to an acid attack victim. The action was taken after DCW received a complaint from the brother of an acid attack victim.
'The girl was referred to Delhi by a hospital in Bihar and her condition was extremely serious as she had suffered severe burns on her face and body and her wounds were deeply infected," said Swati Maliwal, DCW chairperson.
"The victim and her family first reached the Army Research and Referral Hospital on September 28 at 10 AM but were denied admission on the grounds that the victim was not a dependent member of serving personnel despite her having the dependency certificate. This is a serious dereliction of the orders of the Supreme Court. You are hereby served a notice to provide the reason for this lapse. You are directed to submit the above information within 48 hours of receipt of this letter failing which appropriate action under law will be initiated by the Commission," said the notice issued by DCW chairperson.
The Commission also issued a notice to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Sarita Vihar where the victim was refused admission for more than 3.5 hours.
"During this time, she was made to wait in the ambulance which had no air conditioning because of which her infection must have only worsened. It is further stated that one doctor and two staff members even visited the victim in the ambulance but took no steps to treat her and ignored her condition," the notice said.
"The complaint also states that even after the victim was admitted, before any treatment could be given, Rs. 3.5 lakh advance was demanded by the hospital from the victim and her family. This is a serious dereliction of the orders of the Supreme Court.
As per the Supreme Court, it is mandatory for private hospitals across the country to provide full and free medical treatment to the victims of acid attack. Delhi government also recently issued a directive, wherein it asked all government and private hospitals to treat acid attack victims free of cost.