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HC serves notice to AIIMS, Rishikesh

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Taking cognizance on a PIL over  recent fee hike of various health services by the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), the Uttarakhand High Court has issued notices to the AIIMS, Rishikesh, Union Health Ministry and the state health department.

In view of protests by patients, the AIIMS Rishikesh had rolled back the hike. Serving the notices on a PIL, a division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht asked them to respond within a period of four weeks.

The PIL filed by Varanasi resident Praveen Kumar Singh alleged that AIIMS, Rishikesh effected an exponential hike in fees for various treatments on October 3 inconveniencing a large number of patients belonging to the lower strata of society who had to either pay more or leave the hospital.

Singh protested the “arbitrary” and “sudden” hike in fees by the AIIMS prompting the institute’s administration to roll back the hike.

However, patients who had to pay more during the period when the hike was in force are yet to be refunded the extra money they had to cough up, Singh contended in his petition.

When contacted Deputy Director (Admin) AIIMS Anshuman Gupta denied having received the high court notice so far but said whatever the court directs will be complied with.

What PIL says

The PIL filed by Varanasi resident alleged that AIIMS, Rishikesh effected an exponential hike in fees for various treatments on October 3 inconveniencing a large number of patients belonging to the lower strata of society who had to either pay more or leave the hospital.

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