Delhi High Court seeks report from AAP government after reduction in ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients

On the previous date of hearing, the Court was informed that an Expert Committee had recommended a graded de-escalation of reservation of ICU beds.
Delhi High Court seeks report from AAP government after reduction in ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients
Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court today directed the Aam Aadmi Party government to submit a status report on the "review" of its decision to reduce reservation in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients to 60% [Association of Healthcare Providers (India) vs GNCTD].

The order was passed by a vacation bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad in a petition preferred by Association of Healthcare Providers (India) challenging the September 12 order passed by the Delhi government on the mandatory reservation of 80% ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals.

On the previous date of hearing, the Court was informed that an Expert Committee had recommended a graded de-escalation of reservation of ICU beds.

Since the decision of the government was awaited, the Court had refrained from passing any orders in the matter. Subsequently, the recommendations of the Expert Committee were approved and adopted by the Delhi government. The decision was also placed before the court.

In view of the review that is to take place on January 5, the vacation bench today decided to place the matter before the roster bench for further consideration.

The matter will be heard next on January 8.

The Delhi government order on reservation was stayed by the Court on September 22.

However, as the COVID-19 situation worsened in the national capital, the stay order was vacated by the Division Bench of the High Court.

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