SC notice to Centre, states on minimum healthcare

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/28/2021 11:55:37 AM

NEW DELHI, Jul 27: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre and the State Governments for the hospitals to observe a minimum standard of healthcare as prescribed under the Clinical Establishment Act, 2010 (CEA) and its rules notified in 2012.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India and Surya Kant was acting on a PIL filed by NGO Jan Swasthya Abhiyan on the mismanagement of the healthcare facilities in the hospitals and 18 states and Union Territories not yet adopting the law.

Appearing for the NGO, senior advocate Sanjay Parikh told that both government and private hospitals do not follow the standard treatment protocol, resulting in exploitation of the patients who undergo different treatments for the same ailments. Unfortunately, 70% of the medical facilities are in the private sector while most of them should have been in the government sector.

The petition seeks direction to operationalise all the provisions of CEA and its rules and compulsory registration of all hospitals under them. It also seeks directions to have a uniform standard of healthcare in consonance with Article 21 and Article 47 of the Constitution by adopting the CEA or the states bring own laws in conformity with the act.



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