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Accommodation of health workers working in hospitals: Delhi HC puts ball in Delhi govt’s court

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New Delhi, May 20 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today put the ball in the Court of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), on whether an order should be issued under the Disaster Management Act, to the private hospitals for providing accommodation to the health workers working with them.

The Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh said, “Lets not put this burden on the state. If private Hospitals and nursing homes are providing (accommodation) for their doctors, they would be at a better position to come up on a better price.

Amicus Rajshekhar Rao: The compliance has been made regarding the accommodation of the doctors, nurses and paramedics staff. However, the Hospitals are saying that they don’t have funding for handling the current requirements. Milords it adds another burden on the hospitals, if the Delhi government may intermediate between the hospitals and hotels.

Senior Counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the GNCTD, informed the Court about the Hotels and guest houses being made available for the health workers.

Mr Mehra: Milords in the western countries, their hospitals and institutions are so greatly integrated because of which, the government war room has the real time data on who is coming in and who is going out. We are putting in the systems for their benefit.

The work is in progress our range is 6-9 months, we are actually trying to have that system of real time data, he added.

Mr Rao: It’s the state, who everyone looks at such point of time, it should not be a blanket order on hospitals to provide.

Justice Sanghi: We are not saying them to keep it on their own, it can be passed on.

Justice Sanghi: Mr Mehra isn’t it surprising that you have no Hospital in East and North East Delhi.

Rahul Mehra: Milords there are “Covid Care Centres” CCCs and are attached with other hospitals.

Aditya N Prasad- Milords, there are Police officers, who are there at the hospitals and crematoriums, some arrangement has to be made.

Rahul Mehra: I don’t have instructions, but there should be something in place.

Bench: So far as the police is concerned, let a status report be filed by Delhi Police.

Regarding the transport facilities to be made available to the health workers between the hospital and their place of stay, the Court said, “It is essential to provide such facilities to them for prevention of spread of virus, the state shall decide on this aspect as well.” ILNS/KR/RJ

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