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Supreme Court Asks Centre to Consider Giving a Break to Doctors Engaged During the Pandemic

Lawstreet Journal 17 Dec 2020 11:53pm

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The Supreme Court asked the Centre on 15th December 2020 to consider granting a break to doctors engaged in duty for the last seven-eight months during COVID-19 pandemic.

While Top Court expressing its concern towards doctor the bench told Mr. Mehta that "for the last seven-eight months doctors have not been given any break and are continuously working. You take instruction and think over giving them some break. It must be very painful and might be affecting their mental health".

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah, which is hearing a suo motu case on proper treatment of COVID-19 patients and dignified handling of dead bodies in hospitals, asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to consider the suggestions of giving the doctors some break.

The solicitor general assured the bench that the government would consider the suggestion of the bench to grant some break to health workers engaged in COVID-19 duty.

The top court also expressed shock that the Gujarat government has levied around â‚¹90 crore fine for not wearing face masks, but has not been able to enforce the guidelines on COVID-19-appropriate behaviour.

At the outset, the bench while referring to the affidavit filed by the Centre said that it does not state which hospitals have fire No Objection Certificate(s) (NOCs) and it is citing 2016 information.

Mr Mehta said that the picture is not as rosy as it seems from data (referred in the affidavit) but the Gujarat government has taken all necessary steps on fire safety measures.

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