The Uttarakhand High Court recently issued a slew of directions for improving the functioning of Government Medical College, Haldwani and its associate hospitals.
The bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lok Pal Singh asserted, “Every citizen has a fundamental right to health. The State has the obligation to provide best medical services to its citizens. The poorest of poor cannot go to the private hospitals.”
The Bench further directed the State to make Swami Rama Cancer Hospital and Research Center in Haldwani fully functional and upgrade it as state cancer institute within three months.
The Court was hearing a petition filed by one Chandra Shekhar Joshi, who had highlighted the lack of basic facilities at the Government Medical College, Haldwani and its associate hospitals, Dr. Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital and Swami Rama Cancer Hospital & Research Center. Agreeing with the submissions made by Mr. Joshi and highlighting several other deficiencies in the healthcare delivery mechanism, the Court then issued the following directions: