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Doctors not to be blamed for unavailability of essential drugs: Bombay HC

Lawstreet Journal 12 Jun 2021 7:33pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Doctors not to be blamed for unavailability of essential drugs: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court on Thursday (June 10, 2021) stated that doctors cannot be held responsible for their inability to administer COVID-19 drugs due to their inadequate supply. 

The court’s statement came in response to a submission stating that several doctors working in COVID-19 wards across the state had been increasingly receiving notices from the police following complaints by relatives of patients who were either unhappy with the treatment received, or in cases, where the patient had succumbed to coronavirus.

“The doctors are attending work 24/7 wearing PPE kits. Thereafter, are they to face Investigating Officers over one or two cases where the patient’s party is aggrieved and complaints of medical negligence? There has to be a balance”, the court stated.

Doctors and healthcare workers across the country have been on their toes dealing with the daily influx of COVID-19 patients for more than a year now. They have been working tirelessly and doing long shifts ranging from 6-12 hours and sometimes extending up to 48 hours, all while battling fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against doctors has become an emerging epidemic. Dissatisfied patients and their agitated friends and relatives being the usual perpetrators of violence against doctors.

The High Court division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni said that the court would not get in the way of genuine cases, but they need to protect doctors from being prosecuted at this stage.

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