New Delhi, Nov 30: Apollo Hospital has been slapped with a notice from the Delhi High court for charging money from the poor despite the court earlier order forbidding the hospital from doing so as per the lease agreements.
On a suo moto notice based on the letter by Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP) medical superintendent who alleged the hospital of charging money from financially poor patients referred by them.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S Muralidhar ordered the hospital to file its reply by Dec 9.
"It is completely unfair on the part of Apollo that they are not abiding by orders of giving free treatment to poor," the court said.
On Sep 22, the court had ordered Apollo hospital to provide free treatment to economically poor patients after imposing a fine of Rs.200,000 for failing to follow its earlier directives.
The free of cost treatment was prescribed by the court on the grounds that the hospital had acquired the land from the government at a concessional rate.