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LoP Debabrata Saikia moves GHC over Hospitals refusing to treat without non-COVID certificates

The PIL alleged that many patients like pregnant women; cardiac patients, etc are not admitted to hospital without non-COVID certificate

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GUWAHATI: Leader of Opposition Parties in Assam, Debabrata Saikia has filed a Public Interest Litigation before the Gauhati High Court seeking the latter’s intervention as several hospitals in Assam have been reportedly refusing to treat many critically ill people due to non-production of a non-COVID medical certificate.

In the PIL, the leader said that such people also include accident-related critically injured cases, in which urgent medical care is vital and of paramount importance. Resultantly, many people succumbed to their injuries sustained during the accidents, it added.

The PIL alleged that many vulnerable patients like pregnant women; cardiac patients, etc are also not admitted to the hospital without the non-COVID medical certificate.

Advocate Syed Burhanur Rahman, counsel of Saikia, said that despite the government authority had already asked the state governments to ensure medical attention to anyone needing any essential critical services including dialysis, blood transfusion, chemotherapy and institutional deliveries; it was not followed leading to deaths of serious patients at times.

After the hearing on Tuesday, the high court has fixed October 19 for the next hearing.