Frame a policy for admission in different hospitals – SC to Central Government

 

The Supreme Court has stated that "no patient can be refused hospitalization due to a lack of identity evidence."




Supreme Court directed Central Government after a day-long hearing on April 30 to make a Policy for admission in hospitals across the nation as different states and local authorities follow different protocols which lead to chaos and certainty.

Supreme Court Directed as follows –

"Within two weeks, the central government will formulate a national policy on hospital admissions, which will be adopted by all state governments." Any patient in any circumstance will be subject to that state / UT before the central government formulates such a policy. Even the State / UT will not be hospitalized or denied access to necessary drugs due to a lack of local residential evidence.

The order was given by a bench consisting of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao, and S Ravindra Bhat, who is hearing the case regarding the delivery of essential services and supplies during the pandemic.

Hospitals are now refusing to accept people who cannot produce a valid ID card proving that they are citizens of the city where the hospital is located, according to some sources. Given how overburdened our hospitals are during the COVID-19 pandemic's second phase, it's entirely possible that people would flee to other cities in desperation if beds aren't accessible on their own. The health-care system in rural areas is severely lacking. As a result, no hospital should be able to refuse admission simply because of this or any other reason.

Supreme Court further addressed other various issues

·       Test results are taking an inordinate amount of time and the latest COVID-19 virus strain is often missed by a standard RT-PCR test.

The Bench also pointed out an issue which raised in Ahmadabad hospitals, initially, they refused to accept patients who did not arrive in government-run "108" ambulances. Although the Gujarat High Court noted objections during hearings in a suo motu public interest litigation12, this rule has now been withdrawn, we believe that such rules should not be allowed to reappear elsewhere.

                            Another problem observed that when people often have a family member admitted to a hospital in one city, but then have to fly to another city to obtain oxygen or critical medications, only to be refused their use because they were purchased for a patient in another city. This is also inappropriate and should not be permitted, as was the case with the preceding such provision.

Hospital admissions must be dependent on need. The Central Government must develop guidelines on the stage at which hospitalization is needed in consultation with the respective State Governments to ensure that limited hospital beds are not filled by people who do not need hospitalization. This factor should be based on medical experts' advice and can be adjusted appropriately based on the needs of each State (or regions within the State) and the lessons learned during the pandemic.

All States, Union Territories and public entities are hereby directed to ensure that the above orders are immediately enforced.

Sc further stated that:

Prepare oxygen storage stock - The federal government will collaborate with states to plan an emergency oxygen supply stock and decentralize storage capacity in the event of an emergency. In addition to the existing allocation of oxygen supplies to the states, the emergency stock will be generated over the next four days and will need to be replenished on a regular basis. ; No Social Media Action SOS Please contact COVID for assistance. The Central Government and State Governments shall notify all Chief Secretaries/Directors General of Police/Police Commissioners to respond to any information on social media or individuals seeking/providing assistance on any forum or Harassment will be subject to a strict exercise of jurisdiction by this Court.

Protocol for vaccine - Getting back to the vaccine protocol In light of the questions posed by the bench, the central government will rethink its policies and protocols, including the availability of oxygen, vaccine availability and pricing, and the availability of necessary medicines at reasonable prices.

According to The court, the way the Center's current vaccination program is applied will hinder the right to public health, which is a key component of Article 21 of the Constitution. We assume that the central government's existing vaccination strategy should be maintained to reconsider to ensure.


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