Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Care for non-Covid patients: Supreme Court disposes of plea as infructuous after lifting of lockdown measures

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The Supreme Court today has disposed of the plea as become infructuous seeking directions to the Centre to provide adequate, frequent proper Medical Treatment and Facilities are being provided to Non-Covid-19 Patients like Heart Patients, Pregnant Women, having disease with Kidney, Liver, & lungs etc. ahd patients waiting for major and minor medical operations and surgery etc, during Covid-19 Lockdown period.

A bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud said, your petition was to provide adequate facilities to Non-Covid patients the Lockdown period, Lockdown is over now.

The Court noted in its order, the present plea under Article 32 was instituted during the second wave of the pandemic seeking directions to provide adequate facilities to be provided to the non-COVID patient. The first prayer becomes infructuous as the lockdown is lifted. The plea is disposed of as no direction is necessary at this moment.

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The plea moved by Supreme Court Lawyer GS Mani in May 2021, claimed that due to covid 19 lockdown situation already Covid-19 patients are struggling to get proper medical treatment. Now, non-covid 19 patients are as well struggling to get proper medical treatment. They are also not getting admission, proper medical treatment and facilities in govt and private hospitals in all the States and UTs due to heavy rush in the covid ward. Many hospitals have stopped their Emergency ward treatment and postponed major surgeries. Above non-covid patients need regular treatment. Plea further claims that the right of Public health is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. A state defines under Article 12 of the Constitution is duty-bound to protect the said fundamental right of every citizen, failing in which the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India under Article 32 is duty-bound to enforce the same.

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