Court notice on plea alleging ‘blood trading racket’

NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking information about the medical guidelines followed by all state-run hospitals for blood donation as a petitioner alleged “a racket in the trading of blood”.

A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Manmohan also asked the government to inform the court whether it was mandatory or voluntary to donate blood in government hospitals. The state’s reply has been sought by Sep 9, the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a public interest petition filed by an NGO, Society for Voice of Human Rights and Justice, which alleged that the government hospitals are refusing to admit patients in times of crisis if they failed to donate blood.

In the petition, it was alleged that Sharda Bhargava, a resident of Ghaziabad, visited the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital at the final moments of delivery Dec 8, 2008.

The doctors of the hospital demanded blood donation before admitting her and when she expressed her inability to do so, the hospital ousted her from the maternity ward in the night, the petition alleged.

Bhargava had to stay whole night at the Shahdara railway station and finally the next morning she had to board a train for Shamli, Muzzaffarnagar, in immense pain.

Sharda, with the help of her husband, managed to get herself admitted to a private nursing home in Shamli and the doctors there operated upon her without demanding blood donation, the petition said.

There is a big racket in the trading of blood. The racket is carried out with the help of hospital authorities and with the touts, alleged the petition.

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