No COVID Patient Should Be Denied Hospital Admission For Lack Of Local Address Proof

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No COVID Patient Should Be Denied Hospital Admission For Lack Of Local Address Proof

Case: In Re Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Pandemic

Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat

Case No: Suo Moto Writ Petition(Civil) No. 3/2021

Court Observation: “The Central Government shall,within two weeks,formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals which shall be followed by all State Governments. Till the formulation of such a policy by the Central Government, no patient shall be denied hospitalization or essential drugs in anyState/UT for lack of local residential proof of that State/UToreven in the absence of identity proof”,

“The UOI shall ensure, in terms of the assurance of the Solicitor General, that the deficit in the supply of oxygen to the GNCTD is rectified within 2 days from the date of the hearing, that is, on or before the midnight of 3 May 2021”, “The manner in which the Centre’s current Vaccine policy has been framed would prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health which is an integral element of Article 21 of the Constitution. We believe that the Central Government should consider revisiting its current vaccine policy to ensure that it withstands the scrutiny of Articles 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution”.

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COVID Patient, Hospital Admission, Local Address Proof