The Delhi High Court on Saturday has been quoted as saying that Oxygen plants are essential in a hospital. Slamming private hospitals, the Court said that it is irresponsible on their part not to invest in the plants.
Recently, a report published by The Print exposed how private hospitals in Delhi refused to set up oxygen plants in their premises citing space issues. The Centre had tried to nudge them to set up O2 plans in anticipation of the second wave. Even though it’s cheap for a large private hospital to set up an O2 plant in its premises, they don’t do it. An estimate says that these hospitals can recover their investment in less than two years.
Commenting on the HC’s remarks, columnist Kanchan Gupta said that it has finally made a point of substance. “Fancy hospitals like Apollo and others that charge an arm and a leg have invested more in cafes than in supportive but critical infra,” he tweeted.