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Elderly people should be given priority in the admission in the Government hospital : SC [Covid19]



DR.ASHWANI KUMAR VERSUS UNION OF INDIA AND ORS.Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s). 193/2016, 4th August, 2020.

The matter was heard by HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ASHOK BHUSHAN and HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE R. SUBHASH REDDY.

The petitioner in person says that the older people have already been identified since most of them are getting pension from the States under the different schemes. He submits that the older people, who are living alone, are worst sufferers and they are not able to get medicines, masks, sanitizers and other essential goods. The care givers of these people are also not equipped with personal protection equipment and are also untrained. The prayer has also been made for issuing appropriate direction for timely payment of old age pension to all elder persons who are in receipt of the pension.

The Court stated that, in this application, which is specially confined to Covid 19 crisis, direct that all old age people who are eligible for pension should be regularly paid pension and those identified older people should be provided necessary medicines, masks, sanitizers and other essential goods by respective States. Further, as and when any individual request is made, the same shall be attended to by the Administration with all promptness. The care givers of those old age homes should be provided personal protection and appropriate sanitization should also be undertaken in the old age homes. Let all the States may file their reply affidavit to the averments made in the application within four weeks.

Learned counsel appearing for the Union of India submits that the necessary steps have been taken to give protection to the older people in this pandemic.

The court stated that;we only observes that the elderly people should be given priority in the admission in the Government hospital looking to their vulnerability for Covid 19. In event of any complaint made by the elderly people, the hospital administration concerned shall take immediate steps to remedy their grievances.

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Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s). 193/2016
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Karthik K.P (School of Law, SASTRA Deemed to be University)


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