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HC stays order on reservation of beds in Delhi’s private hospitals for Covid-19 patients

The court observed the order appeared to be violative of the fundamental rights of people and prima facie was also arbitrary and unreasonable.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | September 22, 2020 2:37:39 pm
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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed an order passed by the AAP government earlier this month in which it directed 33 major private hospitals to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds for Covid-19 patients.

The court, while issuing notice to the state and Centre, observed the order appeared to be violative of the fundamental rights of people and prima facie was also arbitrary and unreasonable.

The order was passed on a petition filed by Association of Healthcare Providers India. The petitioners had argued that the order would hamper the treatment of non-Covid emergency patients, and had been passed without consultation with the private hospitals. It also argued that it would expose non-Covid patients to the infection.

The Delhi government earlier cited the surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi as a reason to pass the order. However, the HC observed the disease itself could not be ground for discrimination.

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