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Delhi government to regulate rights of patients

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New Delhi: Delhi government aims to bring an ordinance to take action against the erring hospitals that turn a blind eye to patients.

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Sources in the government said the ordinance would enable the government to impose heavy fine on the private hospitals across the city. There have been reports that some of the private hospitals had turned away the dengue patients.

“Any concrete decision on bringing the ordinance is not yet taken but yes, the government is contemplating on these lines to strengthen the patients’ rights,” a source said.

According to the data released by the Delhi government, since Wednesday, 2,519 people have been admitted in 34 hospitals (including those of the Central government, municipal corporations and Delhi government) with fever and related complaints. And of these, only 281 are dengue cases.

Last week, Avinash Rout from Odisha died of dengue. Following his death, Rout’s parents committed suicide.

Avinash was allegedly denied admission by five hospitals– Moolchand Hospital, Aakash Hospital, Saket City Hospital, Max Hospital (Saket) and Irene Hospital (Kalkaji).

Another boy Aman, suffering from dengue died because of hospital’s callous approach as he too was refused admission in a few hospitals, including Safdarjang Hospital.

After the deaths of two boys, the government discussed the possibility of a special assembly session to frame a law to deal with “negligence” of private hospitals.

“To bring an ordinance, the government will only need cabinet’s nod and Lieutenant Governor’s approval,” the source said.

( With inputs from IANS )

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

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Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)