New Delhi (ILNS): The Delhi government has appealed to the divisional bench of the Delhi High Court against a single bench order that had stayed the government notification of reserving 80 percent of ICU beds in private hospitals for COVID patients. The stay order was issued by the single bench of Justice Naveen Chawla, before who an appeal from Association of Healthcare Providers (India) had landed.
Today the bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, while hearing the government appeal through video conferencing, issued notice and will be hearing the matter in length.
In the initial appeal, by the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) it was stated that the order of the Delhi government doesn’t consider the right of any person to be treated for any disease other than COVID-19.
The current petition states:
As a result of the impugned order passed by the Learned Single Judge, the Right to Life of hundreds and thousands of COVID-19 patients who need critical and urgent medical care, and who have been or could have been admitted to ICUs at private hospitals, are now left solely at the mercy of the subject private hospitals.
The counsel appearing for the Delhi government submitted that the impugned petition has been filed by an Association of Private Hospitals only in the interest of private hospitals and not COVID-19 patients. It has been filed solely for the purpose of financial interest of the private hospitals, said the government appeal.
The bench has listed the matter on October 9 for further hearing.