Covid quota: Why keep hundreds of ICU beds empty, Delhi HC asks govt – ET HealthWorld

December 25, 2020 Off By admin


New Delhi: It is “inhuman” to go away hundreds of ICU beds empty, holding them reserved for Covid sufferers at a time when circumstances and positivity fee are taking place, the Delhi excessive courtroom mentioned on Thursday.

Justice Navin Chawla took a dim view of the AAP authorities’s coverage to keep so many ICU beds reserved, underlining that this “cannot be sustained.”

The excessive courtroom requested Delhi authorities to take a call by December 26 “if it intends to continue with the 80% quota or act on the recommendation of an expert panel that the quota be reduced to 60%.” It mentioned if circumstances elevated, the federal government may at all times deliver again the quota.

After listening to submissions by senior advocate Maninder Singh, showing for Association of Healthcare Providers, the courtroom fastened a deadline of December 28 by which the federal government has to tell it in regards to the choice. The affiliation has sought quashing of the federal government’s September 12 order to order 80 % ICU beds for Covid-19 sufferers in 33 personal hospitals.

Additional solicitor basic Sanjay Jain, showing for the federal government, urged the courtroom to grant a while until the committee took a call on the idea of the panel’s advice. Jain mentioned a call can be taken after consulting two extra consultants— medical doctors — and the affiliation may additionally make a illustration if it wished to.

But Singh mentioned the affiliation had positioned its case earlier than the courtroom and it was not going to make any representations to the federal government, which had taken a “populist measure” with out contemplating its monetary or financial implications on the personal hospitals whose ICU beds largely remained vacant.

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Contesting the affiliation’s cost, ASG Jain highlighted that no affected person had come ahead saying she or he was denied remedy attributable to reservation of beds for Covid-19 sufferers within the 33 hospitals. He additionally mentioned that “during the pandemic, a hospital cannot lay emphasis on commercial gains.”





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