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Delhi hospitals must not turn away rape victims, accident cases: HC

Hearing a petition about the horrific Delhi gangrape, the Delhi High court today directed the state government and health department to issue a directive to all hospitals in the national capital telling them not to turn away cases where patients required emergency care.

The high court has said that private or public hospitals should not turn away a patient who needs immediate medical attention.

Cases where emergency medical care is required should not be turned away. Reuters

Cases where emergency medical care is required should not be turned away. Reuters

The court specified that this instruction should particularly be about dealing with cases where rape survivors or people who had been in accidents were brought into a hospital for emergency care.

The government was told to ensure that hospitals don't refuse to treat emergency cases in future.

The court has also directed the Delhi police commissioner to instruct officials in the police force to take cases where victims needed emergency care to the nearest possible hospital without looking at whether the nearest hospital is a privately owned or government official.

The next hearing of the matter is on 28 February.