The Supreme Court of India ordered private Delhi hospitals to treat poor for free

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The Supreme Court of India today has ordered that Delhi private hospitals built on subsidized government land will have to provide free treatment to the poor. A bench of Hon’ble Mr Justice R. V. Raveendran and Hon’ble Mr Justice A.K. Pathak has ordered that these hospitals will have to reserve 25% of their OPD and 10% of their indoor patients for free treatment of the poor. The bench has said that poor patients are not to be charged. There are 37 hospitals which are built on government land at concessional rates out of which 27 have been providing free treatment to the poor patients.

The counsel appearing for the hospitals had pleaded that it was not practical for them to provide free treatment to the poor in all the cases. The bench did not buy that argument.

The hospital pleaded that treatments for diseases like cancer, neuro surgery and plastic surgery are costly and hence hospitals cannot provide free treatment for these conditions. The Supreme Court also did not buy that statement. The Court said that poor patients will have to be provided free admission, bed, drugs, treatment, surgery facility, nursing facility, consumables and non-consumables. The hospitals charging any money from such patients shall be liable to be proceeded against in accordance with the law. Besides, this act will be treated as a contempt of court.

DVT risk starts early, stays long after acute stroke

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The risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) among patients immobilized by a stroke starts soon after the event and stays for a month.

Most clots forms in the first week after stroke onset and are detected in 11.4% of patients screened with compression duplex ultrasound as per Dr Martin Dennis, of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and colleagues who reported their data in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. In the study another 3.1% of patients developed DVT by one month in the pooled analysis of the CLOTS 1 and 2 trials.

The conclusion is that prophylaxis should be started early and continued for at least four weeks.