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In A Setback to CM Kejriwal, LG Anil Baijal Directs Authorities to Ensure Treatment to All Irrespective Delhi Residence; CM Kejriwal Tweets: “Huge Problem And Challenge” [READ JUDGEMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 10 Jun 2020 12:52am

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In a significant development as a setback for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi LG Anil Baijal has on June 08, 2020, overruled Arvind Kejriwal government’s order stating that only Delhi residents will be admitted to state-run hospitals for COVID-19 treatment. LG Anil Baijal directed the health department and authorities of NCT of Delhi to ensure that treatment should be not denied to any patient on grounds of not being a resident of Delhi.

This decision from the LG is likely to bring relief to patients and their families who are from outside Delhi and are seeking treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.

LG Baijal had cited a Delhi High Court ruling and said, "The Delhi High Court in a writ petition ''Social Jurist, a Civil Rights Group v. GNCTD and Another'' after examining constitutional provisions in details, especially Article 14 and 21, after looking at jurisprudence in this regard, has held that denying patients medical treatment on the ground of not being resident of NCT of Delhi is impermissible."

LG Anil Baijal also relied upon the Supreme Court decisions where it has held that the right to health is an integral part of the right to life.

As complaints started escalating on social media of the quality of treatment at Delhi’s hospitals, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had on June 07, 2020, declared that all government and private hospitals in the city would only treat Delhi residents while the Central government hospitals will remain open to all.

Earlier the chief minister’s office (CMO) had tweeted and called… Continue Reading...


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