Due to the influx expected in cases of persons infected from COVID-19 or coronavirus, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an Advisory for hospitals and Medical Education Institutions to prepare for the pandemic. In that advisory the ministry asked hospitals to postpone non-essential elective surgeries and to discharge or restrict the admission of stable patients and advised patients to not visit the OPDs for their routine check-ups. Further the people suffering with chronic illnesses and minor ailments were advised to visit primary and secondary care centres. In pursuance to this, multiple state governments have issued their own guidelines for the treatment of patients of Coronavirus.
In Delhi for instance, noting that some of the hospitals have been denying treatment and admission of non-covid patients, the Delhi Government released an order on April 24th directing hospitals to maintain full operation in OPDs and not deny treatment to any emergency case. Any violation of these rules will invite immediate action, including cancellation of registration against the private nursing home or hospital under the Delhi Nursing Home Registration (Amendment) Rules, 2011.
If you face any issues, a complaint can be made to the Medical Council of states for professional misconduct in case a hospital rejects treatment or admission.
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