Delhiites continue to get free surgery in private hospitals

Delhi Government

Patients unable to undergo surgery in a city government hospital for 30 days will continue to get it done for free in private hospitals here, as Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved the scheme on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that the Lt. Governor had approved the “Quality Health for All” scheme without any income criteria. “Thank you so much sir,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The scheme had become another point of contention between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government and the Lt. Governor after Baijal asked for a couple of changes in the scheme.

Health Minister Satyendra Jain had earlier said the Lt. Governor had asked the government to put an income cap on the scheme, so that “rich people” did not take its benefit.

Rebutting the claim, Baijal had said that he “never advised excluding middle classes from the scheme” and “income criteria was suggested on the basis of recommendations of the Planning and Finance Department”.

“If the elected government has a different view, it could have engaged in the consultative exercise. However, it is unfortunate that again an attempt is being made to settle the issues through media,” Baijal had said responding to the allegation.

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