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Karnataka HC issues notice in PIL alleging refusal of individual medical practitioners/doctors to treat non-COVID-19 patients [Read plea]

Petitioner Ramesh Naik had submitted that many doctors in the state were refusing to provide medical treatment to patients who were suffering from ailments other than COVID-19.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today issued notice in plea claiming that during the pandemic, individual medical practitioners/doctors were refusing treatment to non-COVID-19 patients.

Notice was issued to the Karnataka Medical Council (KMC) and the state government in the matter.

The petitioner, Advocate Ramesh Naik, had submitted that many doctors in the state were refusing to provide medical treatment to patients who were suffering from ailments other than COVID-19.

In its order, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna stated,

"We direct both the respondents to place on record the measures taken for grievances against the medical practioners on account of their failure to provide medical treatment to non-Covid patients. The 2nd respondent (KMC) will place on record whether it has received any complaints and whether any action has been taken."

Karnataka High Court

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