The Gujarat government has announced a uniform policy for the admission of COVID patients to hospitals in the state. The health department in a release said that a COVID positive report will no more be mandatory for admission to a hospital. It said suspected patients showing COVID symptoms should be admitted and given treatment if it is sought. A patient can arrive in any vehicle, ambulance (private or 108) or private vehicle to get admitted.
It further said that patients will not be discriminated against for admission based on the city or state of residence and has asked all COVID hospitals to ensure that medicines and oxygens are made available to all needy patients.
The uniform policy announcement for admission of COVID patients in hospitals comes following a direction by the Supreme Court concerning a suo motu petition about the COVID situation in the country.
HC rap for COVID admission rules
The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to ensure that all civic bodies act as per the policies framed by the state for COVID-19.
The direction came during a suo motu petition being heard about the COVID situation in the state. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) during the hearing told the court that it had withdrawn its earlier rule that mandated that only patients brought by 108 ambulances be admitted to municipal hospitals or in the AMC’s quota in private COVID hospitals.
It also said that its policy was not overriding any state rules. The high court directed the state to ensure that the corporations don’t do their `manmani’ and that they act as per the policy of the state and in conformation with the state.
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