Resolve Delhi’s oxygen crisis in 2 days, Supreme Court tells Centre [2.5.2021]

3.5.2021, Monday

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the to rectify the issue of Delhi hospitals within two days, on or before the midnight of May 3.

In an order, released late on Sunday night, the Court ordered the Centre, in collaboration with other states, prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralise the location of emergency stocks.  “Emergency stocks shall be created within next four days and is to be replenished on a day to day basis, in addition to existing allocation of oxygen supply to States,” the SC said in its order passed on suo motu case initiated by it on issues related to oxygen supply etc in relation to Covid.

The apex court also ordered that the Centre shall, within two weeks, formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals which shall be followed by all state governments. It said that and state governments shall notify all chief secretaries/DGP/CP that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking/delivering help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this court.

Till the formulation of such a national policy by the central government, no patient shall be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any state/UT for lack of local residential proof of that state/UT or even in the absence of identity proof, the court ordered.

03 May 2021