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Manipur High Court orders state to take punitive action against hospitals that refuse to admit non-COVID emergency patients [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 22 Jun 2021 9:59pm

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The Manipur High Court has ordered the State Government to take appropriate punitive action against hospitals and medical establishments that refuse to treat patients who require emergency medical care due to serious illness or accidents on the grounds that COVID-19 patients are given priority. 

Even though the Government has issued an order instructing all Government and private hospitals to ensure that all patients who arrive at their facilities are treated promptly, the order has not been implemented, according to a Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice Kh Nobin Singh. 

"It is therefore made clear that, in the event that any violation of the afforested orders is brought to the State Government's attention, the State Government shall take appropriate punitive action against the erring hospital/medical establishment in accordance with due procedure, irrespective of the identity of the party who brings such violation to its attention," the Bench ordered.

In another COVID-related PIL, the Bench emphasised the importance of a long-term strategy for dealing with any future waves.

"To meet the challenges of a possible future wave of the pandemic, the state government must develop an action plan. It is not enough for the state government to respond by taking measures after the fact; it must also equip itself in order to be prepared for any future challenges", it remarked. 

The Bench also spent a lot of time discussing the issue of Manipur's oxygen supply. It has asked the federal government to investigate an alleged oxygen cylinder shortage… Continue Reading...

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