NRI moves High Court over ‘refusal’ by hospitals to admit nephew - ECAS Punjab

NRI moves High Court over ‘refusal’ by hospitals to admit nephew

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13

In what could be an indicator of major inadequacies in Covid testing and healthcare facilities, a "harassed" NRI doctor has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that his ailing nephew died after being refused hospitalisation during the lockdown period and virus tests were not carried out after the child's death despite specific requests to the health authorities.

He also alleged that a quarantine notice was rather affixed outside his house and he was being threatened to take back the complaint, compelling him to move the High Court for protection of life and liberty.

Issuing notice of motion to the state and other respondents on the petition filed by Dr Dheeraj Singh Manhas, Justice Jaishree Thakur of the High Court directed the Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police to file by way of an affidavit the status report, along with an inquiry report, if conducted. "In the meantime, let it be made sure that the petitioner herein is not threatened in any manner whatsoever," Justice Thakur ordered.

Taking up the petition through videoconferencing, Justice Thakur recorded in her order the facts stated in the plea before passing the order. She observed the petition was filed by the doctor, visiting India from the United Kingdom and living in his parental house at Sujanpur, Pathankot. It was, inter alia, alleged in his petition that the doctor took his ailing nephew from one hospital to other to get him treated. But either doctors were not present in the emergency ward or hospitals refused to admit the child. He ultimately suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

from The Tribune

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