Treatment of the elderly gets priority in hospitals: Supreme Court

Supreme Court on Thursday said that priority should be given to the recruitment and treatment of elderly people in government medical institutions as well as private hospitals during the Corona epidemic. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and RS Reddy gave this direction while making a change in their order dated August 4, 2020. 

In it, the apex court had given instructions to the government hospitals to prioritize the recruitment and treatment of elderly people in view of the risk of coronavirus. The bench on the plea of the petitioner and senior advocate Ashwani Kumar. It is noted that apart from Odisha and Punjab, no other state has been informed about the steps taken to comply with the instructions issued before the apex court. The court gave all the states three weeks to respond to Kumar's new suggestions for providing relief to elderly people. 

 Petitioner during the hearing stated that states need to issue a new standard operating procedure to comply with the directions of the apex court. He said that the court can issue instructions in this regard to the ministries of health and social welfare of all states. Kumar filed a petition and requested the court. That the elderly people need more care and protection during the pandemic period. Therefore, instructions should be issued in this regard.