The Karnataka High Court on Monday issued notice to the state government, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Central government, after taking suo-motu cognizance of two letters written to it highlighting the difficulty faced by patients tested positive for coronavirus in getting immediate medical treatment at affordable prices.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy took cognizance of the letters written by Advocates Association of Bengaluru and Advocate P Anu Chengappa. It directed the registry to file the suo-motu petition and posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday.
The letter written by Chengappa said that COVID-patients are not being admitted to hospitals even though beds are available. While non-covid patients are being denied treatment as they may contract the infection. Patients are running from one hospital to another in the hope that they will be admitted to the hospital. Family members of the patients are reduced to begging and beeseaching the doctors and staff of hospital despite which irrelevant technicalities and procedures are being quoted to deny treatment to patients and couple of patients have died at doorsteps of hospitals.
While the letter written by AAB highlights the issue of excessive charges being levied by hospitals especially to those who have tested positive for coronavirus and need to be admitted to the ICU department. It has sought for providing necessary health insurance for the medical fraternity and proper medical facilities to the lawyers who are infected with the virus.