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GTB Hospital Reservation: Delhi HC Sets Aside AAP's Plea, Delhi Govt. Says Will Move To SC

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| October 12 , 2018 , 16:08 IST

The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed its order on preferential treatment to city residents at the GTB Hospital.

The Aam Aadmi Party which seemed unhappy with the court’s order said it will move the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict.

Chief Minister's Media Adviser Nagendra Sharma wrote on Twitter, "The Delhi government disagrees with the High Court on the issue of providing facilities to Delhi residents at the GTB Hospital and will challenge it in the Supreme Court. It is the duty of any government to provide better facilities to its taxpayers."

As a pilot project, Delhi residents were getting preference over outsiders in treatment at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in Dilshad Garden in Shahdara area in east Delhi from this month.

Amost 80% of the beds were reserved for Delhi residents, and patient verification was done on the basis of voter ID cards, though emergency services were still open to all.

The court had earlier this week reserved the judgment on a PIL moved by NGO Social Jurist, through advocate Ashok Agarwal, opposing the pilot project initiated by the Delhi government at GTB Hospital.

Earlier on Monday, the Delhi government informed the court of the reasons for preferential treatment as huge influx of patients were putting a strain on the hospital’s infrastructure and staff as well as manhandling of doctors by patients or their attendants.