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No Hospital Can Refuse to Admit a Covid-19 Patient if Beds for Such Patients are Available: Kolkata HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 20 Sep 2020 2:48am

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The coronavirus pandemic is at an all-time rise. Thus, it is not surprising that hospitals are at full capacity, and Corona Virus patients are sometimes admitted into hospitals. However, some hospitals have refused beds to coronavirus patients despite there being beds available in the hospital.

To remedy this injustice, the Kolkata High Court has passed an order on Wednesday i.e. September 16th stating hospitals cannot refuse admission to Covid-19 patients if the hospital has available beds for the same. In the order, the bench has also reiterated that this is “one of the basic tents of medical ethics”.

A division bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Hon’ble Justice Arijit Banerjee has also observed that it is the primary and most important duty of a hospital to impart healthcare to the needy. In this regard, the Court will not differentiate between the Government and Private hospitals.

In the PIL filed by the petitioners, two main issuers were raised. The first issue was regarding the disposal of a dead body of a Covid-19 victim. the petition urged the court to rule that such disposal must be made with due care, dignity, and respect. The petition raised another issue that was regarding the admission of Covid-19 patients. This included those patients that were suspected or were detected to be affected by the pandemic.

The court ruled on the first matter in the case of Vineet Ruia v. The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of W.B. & Ors. The Court ruled… Continue Reading...

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