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"Hospitals have grown into a large industry that thrives on human suffering; they cannot be protected at the expense of citizens": Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 22 Jul 2021 11:33pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary "Hospitals have grown into a large industry that thrives on human suffering; they cannot be protected at the expense of citizens": Supreme Court

Although the Supreme Court stressed that States have to offer necessary permissions for improved hospitals and health care centres, it observed on Monday (July 19, 2021) that hospitals are now a huge industry and cannot be safeguarded at the costs of citizens to which the organisations are supposed to provide. 

Justice Chandrachud said, "Let's face it, hospitals have grown into a multibillion-dollar industry. Hospitals, like real estate, rely on human suffering to survive, and it's become a massive business. We can't defend them at the expense of the citizens they are supposed to serve." 

Justice Chandrachud further remarked referring to the homes and hospitals with no proper clarifications and NOCs and located in residential buildings that, "It is appropriate for such hospitals to be closed and the State to develop extra facilities. Let the government offer these amenities and care centres and better hospitals. In those little residential buildings, we can't have them." 

A Division Bench Of Justice Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah was hearing its suo motu case regarding the incident which happened in Rajkot, Gujarat last year.

In response to an order issued by the Supreme Court on 18 December 2020 for such compliances in relation to maintenance and audit of fire safety measures in hospital, the Bench confronted the State of Gujarat for its decisions to notify hospitals about the timeline extension to correction of compliance. 

Judge Chandrachud spoke to the fire occurrence in the hospital in Rajkot and added, "There was one incidence of a… Continue Reading...

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