New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Monday noticed that hospitals within the nation have develop into giant industries now thriving on human misery and it’s higher that they be shut down.
“Can we take a look at hospitals as an actual property business, or as a service to humanity?” requested Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah.
“Hospitals have develop into a big business now based mostly on human misery. We can’t permit them to prosper at the price of human lives. Let such hospitals be closed and permit the state to bolster well being care services. Let not such hospitals function in buildings with 4 rooms and so forth.,” mentioned Justice Chandrachud whereas noting that quite a few hospitals do not adhere to fireside security norms.
Justice Chandrachud whereas noting that quite a few hospitals do not adhere to fireside security norms.Justice Chandrachud gave an occasion the place one affected person who had recovered from COVID-19 and was to be launched from the hospital the following day was burnt alive and two nurses additionally died due to hearth within the hospital.
“These tragedies have unfolded in entrance of our eyes. Are these hospitals are actual property business or offering service to humanity?” requested the Bench.
The Supreme Court docket was listening to a suo motu case concerning the correct therapy of COVID-19 sufferers and dignified dealing with of lifeless our bodies within the hospitals and challenge regarding hearth tragedies in COVID-19 hospitals throughout the nation.
The Bench pulled up the Gujarat authorities for failing to observe its instructions with regard to fireside security norms in hospitals, whereas referring to a notification issued by the federal government extending the deadline until June 2022 for hospitals to stick to the norms to appropriate constructing bye-law violations.
“You say hospitals do not have to stick until 2022 and other people will proceed dying and be burnt,” the Bench noticed.
It additionally took exception to the truth that a report by a fee on the problem of fireside security in hospitals was filed in a sealed cowl. “What is that this report in a sealed cowl by fee and so forth.? It isn’t a nuclear secret,” mentioned Justice Chandrachud.
The apex courtroom had ordered fire-safety audits and different illegalities by hospitals throughout India after fires in COVID-19 devoted hospitals in Gujarat and Maharashtra had killed scores of sufferers.
Justice Chandrachud mentioned that by the December 18, 2020, judgment of this courtroom, all states had been directed to nominate nodal officers in every hospital to make sure hearth security norms are adopted. COVID-19 hospitals who do not have NoC from the hearth division acceptable motion was to be taken. On July 8, 2021, the Gujarat authorities handed a notification extending deadline to June 2022.
“40 hospitals in Gujarat had been held liable and so they got here to Excessive Court docket. Later, the federal government order was that no motion must be taken towards hospitals for violation of fireside security. Such an order is a contempt of this courtroom,” noticed the highest courtroom.
The Bench requested the state of Gujarat to elucidate why this notification was introduced into pressure and be positioned on document.
The state of Gujarat shall additionally file earlier than this courtroom a complete assertion displaying audits which had been carried out in pursuance with December 2020 judgment of this courtroom concerning hearth security, ordered the apex courtroom.
The apex courtroom posted the matter for listening to after two weeks.