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Hospitals can’t hold patients hostage for unpaid bills: High Court

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ruled that hospitals cannot hold patients “hostage” to extract money for unpaid bills.

“If bills are not paid, then release the patient. You cannot keep patients hostage. That cannot be the modus operandi,” a bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Deepa Sharma told Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Wednesday.

The ruling came in a habeas corpus plea moved by the son of the patient, a former Madhya Pradesh policeman who was admitted in the hospital for treatment of enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) in February, reports HT.

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