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AIIMS served notice for turning away patient


New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday issued notice to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here after taking note of a petition filed by a woman who alleged that the hospital denied her treatment as she could not bear the expense.

A vacation bench of Justice Manmohan Singh issued notice to AIIMS, seeking their response by June 27.

The court was hearing the petition filed by Manju Devi, 40, who is suffering from chronic liver disease.

Devi approached the court Thursday, seeking direction to the hospital that she should be provided immediate medical aid and assistance.

Her lawyer Rakesh Prabhakar, who filed the petition, said: “The hospital, instead of treating the petitioner, discharged her on the grounds that she is unable to bear the cost of liver transplant.”

The woman, hailing from Bihar, was first admitted to hospital May 31, 2010 and despite being below the poverty line she was told to bear all the medical expenses, the petition said.

Since 2010, she has been admitted to AIIMS and discharged a number of times.