Fortis case: Have written to HUDA to cancel land lease, says health minister

[] The Haryana health department has asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority, to cancel the lease of land to Fortis Hospital in Gurugram, for its failure to reserve 20 per cent of the beds for the poor

Haryana health minister Anil Vij, has said that his department has written to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), to cancel the lease of land to Fortis Hospital in Gurugram, due to alleged violations of the terms and conditions of the agreement. “The land was given by HUDA to Fortis Hospital in Gurugram in 2004, under certain terms and conditions, which included conditions like reserving 20 per cent of beds for the poor, but they are not providing these beds. Therefore, we have written to the HUDA, to cancel their lease as they have violated the terms and conditions of the MoU,” Vij said on December 9, 2017.

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A state government panel, probing allegations of overcharging against Gurugram’s Fortis Hospital, had found ‘several irregularities’, including protocols not being followed in a case related to the death of a seven-year-old girl. Following the indictment by the panel, Vij had said that an FIR will be lodged against the private hospital, while the license of its blood bank will be cancelled. Vij told reporters that a draft of the proposed complaint to the police had been prepared. A notice to cancel Fortis’ blood bank has also been given, he added.

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The bill for the treatment of seven-year-old Adya Singh had shot upto Rs 15 lakhs even as she died of dengue, he said. The Fortis Group had earlier said that all documents, statements and details required by the probe team of the Haryana government were provided. A committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, additional DG, health, Haryana, was set up by the Haryana government on November 21, 2017, to probe allegations that the private hospital overcharged the girl’s family. The centre had asked the Haryana government to initiate an urgent inquiry into the case.

The hospital had earlier refuted the charges, claiming the patient’s family was duly informed about the bill on a daily basis and that there was no medical negligence. Vij again reiterated that dengue is a notifiable disease ‘but it was not notified by Fortis Gurugram to the local authorities, which was a lapse’.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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