The Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed a High Court (HC) order that had directed the authorities concerned to take legal action if patients are denied treatment.
Chamber Judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman stayed the order after hearing an appeal filed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.
Earlier on Monday, the HC passed the 11-point direction stating that people’s deaths due to negligence in providing treatment is a ‘criminal offence’ after hearing five separate writ petitions filed over different incidents of patients’ death for not getting treatment across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
Justice Nuruzzaman also stayed seven points from the 11-point directions given by the HC on Monday.
The stayed directions are: Filing report on legal actions taken against people or authorities who have failed to follow the Health Ministry’s directives.
Asking Health and Family Planning Ministry and DGHS to inform about the number of Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients who received treatment from private hospitals and clinics with more than 50 beds and their list.
Directing government to submit reports which are provided by private hospitals and clinics to the Health Ministry and DGHS every 15 days.
Directing the Health Ministry and DGHS to form a monitoring cell to provide proper health service to patients.
People’s deaths due to negligence in providing treatment will be a ‘criminal offence’ and directing the authorities concerned to take legal action if patients are denied treatment.
Separate Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hotline should be launched so that ailing people can easily contact ICU management and monitoring cell which will also restrict charging additional fee for treatment.
Finally, Health Ministry and DGHS can activate National Disaster Response Coordination Group according to the section 14 of Digital Management Act-2012, considering present Coronavirus outbreak as a disaster.
And requisition of private hospitals and clinics can be made following that committee’s recommendations.