The Delhi High Court has tagged a PIL seeking the setting up of a centralized agency along with help desks outside every Covid-19 hospital in Delhi for guiding patients, who cannot be admitted in a particular hospital, to locate a bed in another hospital, with similar matters.
A divisional bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh notes, “If you would have seen our proceedings, we are already dealing with this issue, we have asked the hospitals to provide information to the Amicus in this regards, another is with regards to the real time data on the website, we have asked them to do that, third thing was that there has to be a waiting list which we have already considered and rejected.”
The petition has been filed by Manjit Singh, through Senior Advocate Vivek Sood and Advocate Anish Singh, stating, “…in the health crisis, Delhi hospitals are following a deplorable VIP culture of allocating beds to Covid-19 patients. Thus, in order to overcome the said VIP culture and to ensure fairness and transparency, there should be a mechanism to ensure fair allocation of the hospital beds to common man.”
Advocate Sood submitted, “We have a humble submission that we can at least have a help desk, here every body is not equipped to use these applications and websites. We want a fair and a transparent system.”
Whereas, Justice Sanghi contended, “Please visualise the situation we were in, the problem is when you have 5,000 beds and your requirement is 50,000 then the request of putting a system rumbles.”
The bench has tagged the matter with other similar pleas pertaining to Covid-19, which will be heard on May 24, Monday.