Delhi HC Issues Notice in Plea to Ensure that Hospitals do not Deny Admission to Symptomatic or Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients

The Delhi High Court issued a notice in a petition seeking direction to the Delhi government to ensure that hospitals whether government or private does not deny admissions to both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The petition also states that it would not be mandatory to do COVID-19 test before admitting elective and emergency cases.

This above stated notice was issued to the Delhi Government by a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Prateek Jalan. The petitioner before the court was Advocate Krishna Kumar Sharma. The petitioner has further informed the court that although directions were given to ensure availability of regular medical services at non- COVID hospitals and treatment of COVID-19 patients at other designated hospitals, the same was not followed.

The petitioner has also claimed that many private hospitals have made testing of COVID-19 mandatory before admitting elective and emergency cases. Such an approach is contrary to the Government’s order to not to test asymptomatic patients.

The petitioner has also raised concerns of charging high amount of fees for usage of PPE by patients and frontline workers are being given used PPEs.

This petition filed by Advocate KM Monika has thus called for immediate action against those government and private hospitals or nursing homes which are refusing emergent medical care during the pandemic. The matter would be next heard on June 25th .

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