DELHI GOVT. APPEAL AGAINST STAY THE GOVERNMENT NOTIFICATION OF RESERVING 80 PERCENT OF ICU BEDS IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS FOR COVID PATIENTS

*Facts*

1. The Delhi government has appealed to the divisional bench of the Delhi High Court against a single bench order which was issued by the single bench of Justice Naveen Chawla, before who an appeal from Association of Healthcare Providers (India) had landed.

2. Justice Naveen Chawla had stayed the government notification of reserving 80 percent of ICU beds in private hospitals for COVID patients by stating that the order of the Delhi government doesn’t consider the right of any person to be treated for any disease other than COVID-19.

*Argument of the Counsel on behalf of the Delhi Government*

1. As a result of the impugned order passed by the Learned Single Judge, the Right to Life of hundreds and thousands of COVID-19 patients who need critical and urgent medical care, and who have been or could have been admitted to ICUs at private hospitals, are now left solely at the mercy of the subject private hospitals.

2. The impugned petition has been filed by an Association of Private Hospitals only in the interest of private hospitals and not COVID-19 patients.

3. It has been filed solely for the purpose of financial interest of the private hospitals, said the government appeal.

*Held*

The division bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, while hearing the government appeal through video conferencing, issued notice and will be hearing the matter in length.

The bench has listed the matter on October 9 for further.
hearing.

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