Delhi health minister seeks action-taken report from chief secy into non-compliance of directions

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Published : Jan 20, 2024, 1:25 PM IST

Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadawaj

Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadawaj sought an action-take report in the alleged noncompliance of his request to provide government hospitals with radiological equipment. The issue came to light after a man allegedly died due to denial of admission by four hospitals.

New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj has written to Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar seeking an action-taken report into alleged non-compliance of his directions for providing radiological equipment to government hospitals in public-private-partnership mode, sources said on Friday. The communication comes weeks after an injured man died since he was allegedly denied admission by four hospitals, including three Delhi government hospitals.

Bharadwaj's communication to Kumar cited the Delhi Medical Association's letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he approved a health department proposal recommending action against four doctors in the matter, sources said. The DMA, in its letter, said the lieutenant governor, chief minister and health minister should decide among themselves to take collective responsibility for the death rather than pin the blame on the doctors, they added.

In the communication, Bharadwaj mentioned that he had sought information about radiological equipment available in each Delhi government hospital. Following the analysis of the data submitted by the hospitals, a meeting was held on September 25 with senior health department officials and medical directors of state-run hospitals, sources said.

During the meeting, the department informed Bharadwaj that a committee had been formed to examine the proposal of outsourcing radiological services under PPP model. In November, the minister requested the health secretary to provide the status of the proposal, but no details were provided, the communication to the chief secretary said.

In the note, the minister has sought an inquiry into alleged non-compliance of his directions and also sought action against the officers responsible. He has requested an action-taken report from Kumar within two weeks. "The government had plans to procure equipment in PPP mode with getting vendors to get the equipment and also operate them. That would save costs of buying costs, maintaining them and also hiring manpower to operate them. But the proposal has failed to take off," said a source.

Pramod, 47, who was arrested for allegedly molesting a 21-year-old woman in an inebriated state, died of injuries he suffered after jumping out of a moving police van on January 3. He was allegedly denied medical assistance by four government hospitals, including GTB Hospital and LNJP, citing unavailability of beds or equipment.

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