No covid patient should be denied admission in hospital for lack of local address proof: SC

The Supreme Court of India has directed that no patient should be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any state or UT due to lack of residential proof of that state or in the absence of identity proof.

The court has directed the central government to frame uniform national policy for admissions in hospital within 2 weeks which is to be followed by all hospitals.

Till the formulation of policy no patient shall be denied hospitalization or medication in any state or UT the court ordered.

The Supreme Court also directed that the UOI shall ensure that the deficit in the supply of oxygen to the GNCTD is rectified within 2 days from the date of hearing, that is on or before the midnight of 3 May 2021.

The order which was reserved after a day Long hearing 30 April was released on Sunday night. The order was passed by a bench comprising justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageshwara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat in the suo Moto case in Re distribution of eseential services and supplies during pandemic.

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