The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a plea by the Delhi authorities challenging the Delhi High Court order which stayed the federal government’s choice to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in personal hospitals. A two-judge bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and B.R. Gavai will hear the matter at 10:30 a.m.
The plea filed by the Delhi authorities mentioned the High Court order has impacted and infringed on the Right to Life of tons of and 1000’s of important COVID-19 patients who now are left to the mercy of personal hospitals, who’re solely working with a revenue motive, allegedly charging arbitrary and exorbitant medical therapy charges.
The Delhi authorities has argued that the division bench of the High Court failed to recognize its order, directed solely 33 personal nursing houses and hospitals (out of a complete of virtually 1,170 personal nursing houses and hospitals throughout the NCT of Delhi) to reserve/earmark 80 per cent of their ICU beds.
The authorities had permitted personal hospitals to improve their mattress capability briefly by 30 per cent, topic to the elevated beds being devoted for COVID-19 patients. “Division Bench of the High Court has failed to appreciate that the effect of the GNCTD order is not in fact, to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds of all private hospitals and nursing homes in Delhi. The effect is in fact, only limited to the subject hospitals, who have additionally been permitted to increase their ICU bed capacity by 30 per cent,” mentioned the Delhi authorities petition.
Association Of Healthcare Providers via advocate Ashutosh Jha has filed a caveat within the matter. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing the affiliation earlier than the High Court, had submitted that the order has been handed with out utility of thoughts as regardless of noting the truth that nearly all of the ICU/HDU beds within the personal hospitals are totally occupied. Singh added that order directing reservation of 80 per cent of beds in ICU/HDU for Covid patients thereby jeopardising each the well being and lifetime of non-Covid patients on the one hand and the efficient functioning of healthcare amenities on the opposite.
The authorities has argued that the one cause why the personal hospitals wouldn’t be curious about availing of this chance was on account of the truth that COVID-19 patients may solely be charged at capped charges fastened by it.
On September 22, a single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court had stayed the September 13 choice of the federal government. This single bench order has been challenged by the AAP authorities earlier than a division bench within the High Court. The matter is scheduled for listening to on November 27.