Court orders medical assistance for 70-year-old divorcee

February 6th, 2009 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday asked the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to provide life-saving drugs to a 70-year-old breast cancer patient, who was granted divorce last month from her husband.A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah asked the CGHS to provide health services to Vimala Balani, whose former husband is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer with whom she separated 40 years ago.

Balani approached the court after the CGHS refused to provide medical assistance to her after her divorce, saying that she was not entitled to it.

Balani claimed she was taking anti-cancer drugs at least once a year and alleged that her husband had not taken any steps to see that she gets any medical assistance through his CGHS cover despite the court’s order.

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