PIL Alleges Non-Covid19 Patients Refused Treatment by Hospitals; Bombay HC seeks Centre’s and State’s reply

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On 23rd April 2020, Chief Justice K.R. Shriram of the Bombay High Court heard the batch of PILs related to the issue of hospitals in the city is turning away Non-covid19 patients and directed state and centre to take the issue seriously. The court also directed the government to take adequate steps to deal with this situation.

The court clubbed all three PILs that raised similar issues which wanted to seek directions from the court to the hospital for providing adequate facilities for the treatment of non-corona virus patients.

The counsel Mr Sakhare, on behalf of the respondent agreed that Temporary Case No. LD-VC-JS-PIL-11/2020 and Temporary Case No. LD-VC-JS-PIL-18/2020 raised similar issues about patients unable to get medical attention in COVID situation. Mr Sakhare agreed that this issue requires immediate attention and he will advise the corporation to take proper steps regarding this issue. He also assured the court that suggestions from petitioners are welcome and they may address a communication to that effect to the director of the corporation.

The High Court’s Observation

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The court deems it appropriate that the centre and state government should look into matter and petitioners can address their suggestions to the Health Secretary of the State Government at Mantralaya and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Central Government.

The matter related to this issue is also pending before the Supreme Court; therefore, only state government and corporation shall file an affidavit in response to the petitions with practical solutions in the affidavit.


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