Sunday, October 17, 2010

Details of EWS patients posted on website after CIC order

Details of EWS patients posted on website after CIC order

New Delhi, Oct 15 (PTI): The Delhi government has started posting on its website the daily report carrying details of patients from economically weaker sections who are given free beds in private hospitals after orders from the Central Information Commission in this regard.

The daily report posted on the health department website carries hospital-wise details of beds allotted to people from economically weaker sections. It also carries details of patients who are allotted these beds.

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi had directed the Delhi government to start posting such details saying these are mandatory under the suo moto disclosure clause of the Right to Information Act.

Gandhi had directed the government "to ensure that the details of the beneficiaries of the EWS patients in private hospitals is displayed on the website each day" with details of name, address and bed number allotted to them.

"This will be displayed on the website of the public authority every day from October 1 onwards. This is being ordered in compliance of Section-4 of the RTI Act," he had said.

Earlier, RTI applicant Dinesh Kaushik had sought to know from the Delhi government the details of hospitals who have been given land at subsidised rates on condition of reserving beds for poor patients.

He also sought information on such patients availing the facility at Mata Channan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri. The same was refused on the ground that the patients have raised objection in making their information public.

"The appellant appears to be guided by general public interest and a desire to ensure that economic weaker section citizens get their benefit in private hospitals which are supposed to keep beds for people from economically weaker sections. The PIO is directed to provide the information to the appellant about Mata Channan Devi Hospital, Janakpuri," Gandhi had said in the order.


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