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“Authorities should not insist on production of RT-PCR report when a more clinching evidence is available”: Madras HC orders Health Authorities of Tamil Nadu

Lawstreet Journal 22 Jun 2021 7:41pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary “Authorities should not insist on production of RT-PCR report when a more clinching evidence is available”: Madras HC orders Health Authorities of Tamil Nadu

The Madras High Court ordered the Health Authorities of the Tamil Nadu Government to process the claim for compensation of a widow of a private medical practitioner who contracted Covid-19 infection on duty and succumbed to it, without insisting for his RT-PCR report.

A Single Bench of Justice N Anand Venkatesh depreciated the practice of sticking to the technicalities, and held that the authorities need not insist on production of RT-PCR report for processing the claim when CT-Scan report is already available, which is a more clinching evidence.

The Judge in his statement observed, “if not for the selfless services rendered by the Doctors, a major population of this country would have been wiped out due to the deadly Covid-19. Therefore, the least that should be done for a Doctor, who has lost his life due to Covid-19, which had spread to him while he was on duty, is to acknowledge the selfless service of the Doctor and provide with the necessary compensation to his family.”

Apparently, the petitioner had made a claim under the PM Garib Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting Covid-19 which provides a coverage of Rs. 50,00,000/- for both Public Health-care providers as well as the Doctors and staffs belonging to Private Hospitals, if they die due to Covid-19. 

She intimidated the court that her husband, who was treating Covid-19 positive patients, started feeling the symptoms and was immediately scrambled to a Private Hospital where 'CT Chest Covid Screening Test' was performed and it… Continue Reading...


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