Delhi government’s proposal to bear treatment cost of accident victims of motor accidents, fire and acid attacks that take place on the city’s roads, at private hospitals has been approved by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
Terming the Arvind Kejriwal government’s scheme to bear the treatment cost of accident victims as a step in the right direction, Baijal said in a statement issued.
The LG also emphasized on the fact that for a robust healthcare system, the government institutions also need to be strengthened, as the healthcare system cannot be left entirely in the hands of private sector.
The LG said complete transparency and relevant procedures or guidelines should be followed strictly during the process of bearing treatment cost of accident victims.
“Further, the quality of tests and the private institutions empanelled for these tests also should be ensured through appropriate penalties in case of malpractices/poor quality,” the Raj Niwas said in a statement.
“Lt Governor today (Friday) approved the Cabinet decision of the Health Department relating to provision of free treatment for medico-legal victims of road accidents, acid attack and burn injuries and termed it as a step in the right direction,” the statement said.
However, noting that the original purpose of the scheme was to help the poor and needy sections of the society, and that the Planning Department too has advocated an income ceiling, he advised the government to retain some “income ceiling” so that the resources of the government were used and the “poor are not crowded out by the well-to-do”.