The Supreme Court on Monday termed as “misconceived” a plea that needed the Centre, states and Union Territories to nationalise healthcare the nation cotains the coronavirus pandemic.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat, which heard the matter by video-conference, mentioned such a path can’t be handed by the court docket. “The first prayer, according to us, is misconceived. No such court direction can be issued as prayed for. The writ petition stands dismissed for prayer 1,” the bench mentioned in its order
Regarding the second prayer made within the plea looking for path to present freed from value checks and remedy for coronavirus, the bench mentioned it has already entertained one other petition wherein “some common issues are involved”. The apex court docket directed that the petition be tagged with the already pending matter.
During the listening to, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the plea filed by a Delhi-based lawyer and mentioned that the federal government has taken applicable steps to present enough well being amenities to all of the residents. “It is not a decision the court can ask the government to take. We cannot order nationalisation of hospitals. Government has already taken over some hospitals,” the bench mentioned, including that the federal government is taking steps on this regard.
The plea has claimed that the general public well being sector in India has remained in “shambles due to low budgetary allowances” however on the identical time, the personal healthcare sector has seen “tremendous growth”. “India does not have sufficient public health care infrastructure to combat a pandemic like COVID-19 and as a last resort India needs to take help of private health care sector,” the plea mentioned. It mentioned that globally healthcare amenities have been nationalised until the containment of COVID-19.
“In this dire situation, it becomes the primary duty of Indian state to take control, temporarily nationalise, of all these private health care institutes and make them available at the service of common Indian, free of the cost, in order to contain the spread of deadly pandemic COVID-19 and provide the quality treatment and care,” the plea mentioned.
It claimed that within the 2020-21 Budget, India selected to spend only one.6 per cent, that’s Rs 67,489 crore, of its whole estimated funds expenditure on public well being “which is not only very low in comparison to the average global public health expenditure but is minuscule even in comparison to the expenditure of low-income countries”.