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Pregnant women denied admission in Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital due to shortage of Anaesthetists, Delhi High Court directs Delhi govt to appoint them

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New Delhi, Sept 2 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today asked the Delhi Government to immediately appoint Anaesthetists in the emergency ward of Jag Pravesh Chander Hospital in the national capital after a petition alleged that pregnant women were being denied admission in the hospital due to shortage of Anaesthetists.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh while hearing a petition, seeking immediate recruitment of a sufficient number of Anesthetists and Specialist Doctors at the hospital for providing treatment to patients approaching the hospital, particularly the pregnant women.

Filed by lawyer and activist Amit Sahni, the plea also prayed for ensuring that poor and financially underprivileged classes are not denied admission or treatment in the hospitals owned or managed by the Delhi Government. 

Advocate Amit Sahni submitted that pregnant women are being denied admission to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital due to a shortage of anesthetists.  
The Bench inquired if any representation has been made to the Government in this regard, to which he submitted that as the issue requires immediate attention, no representation has been made. The Bench orally remarked that the cause raised by the petitioner is genuine, but the process of appointment of doctors is cumbersome and requires time.  

Delhi Government’s Additional Standing Counsel Satyakam informed the Bench that the hospital already has four Anesthetists out of the sanctioned strength of five. He submitted not a single patient has been denied treatment at the hospital.

The Bench disposed of the petition, asking the concerned authorities to treat the petition as a representation and to decide the grievance in the petition regarding the appointment of doctors/anaesthetists.

“The decision will be taken by the respondents in accordance with law, rules, regulations and relevant policies applicable to the facts of the case, as expeditiously as possible and practicable,” the Bench directed./ILNS/BG/KR/SNG

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