HC seeks details of healthcare scenario in J&K

High Court today directed Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department to either file detailed affidavit on the health scenario of Jammu and Kashmir or appear in person.

In a Public Interest Litigation regarding better facilities in govt Hospitals, Higher Court bench comprising of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar after hearing Adv Parveen Kapahi for PIL whereas Deputy AG Sanjeev Padha for the State, observed that the affidavit, which was supposed to be filed by Commissioner/Secretary to Govt., Health and Medical Education Department, Government of Jammu & Kashmir has not been filed and directed to file affidavit within four weeks. If it is not filed, he shall be present in the Court on the next date of hearing.

Division Bench further directed said that the affidavit shall clearly indicate as to whether all the departments in the Government Medical College, Jammu have adequate Doctors with regard to each specialty. It shall also indicate, as to whether all the equipments necessary for each specialty are available and functioning.

The same shall also be done for any other associate hospital and District Hospital within Jammu city the affidavit shall also indicate the number of ambulances, which are available in Jammu city, whether Government or private. This will include critical care ambulances, if at all. Affidavit shall also indicate, as to whether the medicines and the surgical supplies are available in the hospitals.

Division Bench further observed that the affidavit shall also indicate the number of admissions in the said hospitals as also the number of patients visiting the Out Patient Department (OPD)/ Emergency Wards in each of these hospitals on a day to day basis. The said affidavit be furnished within three weeks. ?During the course of hearing Adv Parveen Kapahi submitted that it is the fundamental duty to provide health care facilities in J&K State confining particularly to Jammu Province and the State run hospitals having ?failed to provide medical facilities and the facilities which have been provided are not up to the mark and standard which are mandatory to provide health ?care facilities.

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