The Gauhati High Court issued a notice to the Central and Assam governments over allegations of denial in proper treatment of non-COVID patients in hospitals during the pandemic. The notice was issued over a PIL filed by a leader of the opposition.

According to Reports, The division bench of the Gauhati High Court consisting of Acting Chief Justice Mr. N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Manish Choudhary on Tuesday issued a notice in a PIL filed by Senior Congress Leader, Debabrata Saikia seeking directions to Union of India, Ministry of Health and Government of Assam against the refusal of State Hospitals in treatment of non-covid patients.

 

The petition was filed on the basis of newspaper reports indicating various instances of death of non-Covid patients due to failure of getting admissions in hospitals in Assam as these patients were not able to produce Covid negative certificates.

According to the petition filed by Debabrata Saikia, a lot of patients have suffered harassment or even died as a result of insistence by various hospitals of Assam for the production of COVID-19 certificates, even in cases requiring emergency treatment. He claimed that many road accident victims died, besides those due to heart ailments, in recent months, because of the “unfair policy” adopted by various hospitals.

The PIL also stated that many pregnant women have suffered owing to the demand for documentary proof of being COVID-free.

The petition stated that such actions by hospitals were in violation of a directive issued in April by the union health ministry asking hospitals not to insist on Covid test before providing services and not to deny essential critical services to those in need.

 

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