Strict action to be taken against Apollo hospital for refusing treatment to acid attack victim: DCW chief

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Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Monday warned that she will take stringent action against a reputed private hospital in the capital for ‘refusing’ treatment to a victim of acid attack.

She tweeted, “Victim trying admission in Apollo from 4 pm. Got her admitted. Now denied treatmnt, demanding Rs 3 Lac. On my way to Apollo.”

After reaching the hospital she once again tweeted, “Visited victim at Apollo. Treatment started. She was referred from Bihar to Delhi. Unacceptable behaviour by hospital. Strict action to be taken.”

Her earlier tweet had said, “The acid attack victim is critical. Infection spreading. Yet she is denied treatment. How insensitive can hospitals be, despite SC order.”

Maliwal said she was shocked by the insensitivity of the hospital in question towards the acid attack victim, who was in dire need of help.

She added, “Shocked at insensitivity of hospital. What kind of human being /institution can refuse relief to her, that too in NCT of Delhi. Unbelievable.”

Delhi government in August this year had announced that the acid attack victims will be provided free medical treatment at all hospitals in Delhi, including private hospitals.

This was after Maliwal met with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and health minister Satyendar Jain with a delegation of five acid attack victims to discuss their issue.

Supreme Court in April this year had directed private hospitals to provide free treatment, including specialized surgeries, to acid attack victims and asked government authorities to take action against them if they fail to comply with its order.

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