Doctor Seeks Revision in SC Directions For Free COVID-19 Testing

Dr. Kaushal Kant has filed an intervention application in the PIL filed by Shashank Deo Sudhi seeking revisions in the order passed by the apex court in the said PIL. Deo’s PIL challenged the price set for COVID-19 testing in private laboratories by the ICMR Advisory. On April 8, 2020, a division bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat passed the order in the PIL issuing the following directions:

  1. Tests related to COVID-19 should be done free of cost in both government laboratories and approved private laboratories. The Government of India and ICMR had been directed to issue necessary directions in that regard.
  2. COVID-19 tests must be carried out in NABL accredited Labs or any agencies approved by WHO or ICMR.

Dr. Kant filed his application pressing on the issues relating to only the first part of the Supreme Court order. He warns the apex court of the inverse implications of forcing the private labs to conduct free COVID-19 tests. He explains that free tests would burden private labs and be a disincentive for them to continue testing for COVID-19, referring to a Thyrocare in Mumbai that has put a hold on testings until there is clarity on the finances. The application urges the Court to direct the private labs to conduct tests as per the ICMR advisory. However, the application urges the court to come up with EWS criteria to allow free tests for people who cannot afford them; while seeking immediate reimbursements from the government.

The application mentions that the coming week is make or break for India wherein the government plans to test more. Thereby, he focuses the court’s attention to the lack of COVID-19 testings in India; comparing the number of tests conducted with the population of the country. Thus, claiming that making all tests free would cause a sharp dip in the testing numbers which are already low. To increase the testings in India, the application also prays for pathogen labs to be set up in all municipalities and panchayats. The application is mentioned before the Registry for urgent listing.

CONTINUE READING

The case of Aruna Shanbaug that changed the Euthanasia laws...

0
It is my Belief that death is a friend to whom we should be grateful, for it frees us from the manifold ills which are our lot - Mahatma Gandhi. As human beings, out the umpteen desires that we have, one of them is definitely to have a peaceful death....

Justice D Y Chandrachud’s path-breaking Verdict in the Sabarimala Case of...

0
“Will the quest for equality and fraternity be denuded of its content where women continue to be treated as children of a lesser god in exercising their liberties in matters of belief, faith and worship? Will the pursuit of individual dignity be capable of being achieved if we deny...

After repealing section 377, its time to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage in...

0
A draconian, archaic law that criminalized homosexuality was struck down in a historic judgment given by the Supreme Court in 2018. Two years after the judgment, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community has now sought legal recognition of their relationships. As the social stigmas surrounding the LGBTQ...

Modern Day Book Burning a.k.a Internet Shutdowns

0
The internet has become an indispensable element in our society for all the obvious reasons. For the majority of users, not a single day goes by where we don't 'need' the internet and the lack of a reliable and fast connection can feel paralyzing. An internet shutdown refers to...

Letter to UNHRC – Dr Kafeel Khan, Punished Because He’s Muslim

0
Kafeel Khan, a doctor by profession and a social activist has been targeted by Yogi Government since 2017, in 3 years he had been maliciously arrested 3 times & imprisoned for around 14 months on the false charges set up against him at many instances. Now he is absolved...

Prison Life In India and its Aftermath

0
Everyone prays to never see the bars of prison in their lifetime. Yet, as fickle as life is, it is quite hard to predict the future. It is in everyone’s benefit to know a little bit about prison life; for movies and cinemas do not do justice to the...