Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was in for a round of criticism on Sunday after he announced that the hospitals run by the Delhi government and private entities will only treat Delhiites during the coronavirus crisis.
The decision came even as the city's borders were set to be reopened from Monday. Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said hospitals run by the Centre will have no such restriction, and if people from other states come to the national capital for specific surgeries, they can get medical treatment at private hospitals.
Arvind #Kejriwal :Born In Haryana Studied in Kharagpur, West Bengal Resided at Kaushambi,UP Fought Lok sabha elections in VaranasiCurrently CM of DelhiWent for treatment in Karnataka Now having Problem with "Outsiders" availing Medical Benefits in Delhi#KejriwalExposed— Gaurav (@gaurav_tweetss) June 7, 2020
"Over 90 per cent people want Delhi hospitals to treat patients from the national capital during the coronavirus pandemic," Kejriwal said.
"Hence, it has been decided that government and private hospitals in Delhi will only treat patients from the national capital," the CM added.
The distinction between "outsiders" in order to boost Delhi's healthcare facilities led to outrage on social media with many wondering what the CM meant when he said "Delhi residents" since Kejriwal himself was technically an outsider.
Many on Twitter pointed out that Kerjriwal had himself been born in Haryana and spent his childhood growing up in Haryana as well as Uttar Pradesh. Kejriwal also received education in West Bengal and Jharkhand. Some even pointed out that the CM had gone to Bengaluru to get treatment for his ailments such as his 10-day 2015 visit to Karnataka to receive naturopathy.
Kejriwal:Born in Haryana.Spent childhood days in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.Studied in West Bengal.Worked in Jharkhand.Bought residence in Uttar Pradesh.Collected chanda from all over India and abroad.But now declares, Delhi hospitals only for the people of Delhi!!Wah!! https://t.co/9p0BLRyHTO— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) June 7, 2020
Delhi hospitals will be available for the people of Delhi only, while Central hospitals will remain open for all: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. #COVID19Do you support this decision? #YRDpoll— Yashwant Deshmukh 🇮🇳 (@YRDeshmukh) June 7, 2020
Kejriwal was born in Haryana, lived in UP and goes to Bangalore for his treatment don’t want people from outside Delhi to get treated in Delhi. Ok noted pic.twitter.com/ojeNsMdAN0— swadeshi mojito (@desimojito) June 7, 2020
Even #HippocraticOath asks docs to treat patients irrespective of their place but #Kejriwal wants doctors to be a part of his dirty politics. It's ethical duty of a doctor to treat.& more than 50% doc working in Delhi aren't Delhites.#kejriwalshameonyou #KejriwalExposed— Gaurav (@gaurav_tweetss) June 7, 2020
This is a very narrow mindness approach And unconstitutional too— mahua dey (@mahuadey20) June 7, 2020
Delhi government hospitals have around 10,000 beds while the Centre-run hospitals have almost the same beds, Kejriwal said, adding that it will strike a balance and protect the interest of those belonging to the national capital and other states as well.
Kejriwal said that the Centre-run hospitals will continue to treat people belonging to other states and his government has not issued any separate order for the same.
On Saturday, Delhi recorded 1,320 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city to over 27,500 while the death toll due to the disease mounted to 761.
The highest single-day spike in fresh cases -- 1,513 -- was recorded on June 3.