COVID patients are not untouchables: Bombay HC slams hospital
Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court recently came down heavily on a state-run hospital for denying clinical examination to a pregnant woman who has been tested COVID positive. Stating that covid-19 patients are not untouchables, the High Court expressed its displeasure and disappointment over the hospital's refusal to examine the patient.
This came after the woman who was 23 weeks pregnant sought permission from the High court to terminate her pregnancy. On this matter, the Court had instructed a government medical college to form a medical committee to conduct her physical examination. However, the court found out that no examination was conducted after the woman was identified as a COVID positive.
The additional government pleader submitted the report before the bench on Monday; however, the judges were disappointed when it was informed that the patient will have to be clinically examined to determine whether she can undergo the termination of pregnancy.
" we fail to understand as to how the Covid-19 patient cannot be clinically examined by doctors." It also stated "As we understand, day in and day out Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals. There is no question of them being untouchables."