Supreme Court to continue hearing on PIL seeking medical facilities for Covid patients

The Supreme Court will on Friday continue hearing the PIL, which sought that medical facilities should be provided to COVID-19 patients across the country, irrespective of their local address. The Supreme Court, on April 30, had directed the Centre to make a National Plan, which must consist of uniform rules for the admission of COVID-19 patients to hospitals across the country. The Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat was hearing a plea that hospitals in Gurugram were denying patients from outside the region access to medical facilities. The Bench directed the petitioner to make the representation to the Solicitor General. The same practice has, apparently, been extended for access to medical supplies. The plea said that this has resulted in the violation of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution. The Bench said, “To prevent this kind of situation, we have directed the Centre to make a National Plan, which must consist of uniform rules for the admission of COVID-19 patients to hospitals in the entire country.


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