Orissa HC to hear PIL on vacation – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court has ordered the state government to file a response to reports submitted by the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA) after visiting District Headquarters Hospitals (DHH), health centers Community Health Centers (CHCs) and PHCs. The divisional bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice BP Routray has set May 21 as a public holiday for an in-depth hearing into the analysis of the reports.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Chittaranjan Mohanty, a lawyer and social activist on the quality of healthcare facilities in the state in 2018. The court had previously ordered an on-site investigation by the DLSAs of healthcare facilities in their respective districts. The court had instructed Mohanty, who argued his case in person, “not to disclose the contents of these reports and video clips to anyone, including the media or any third party, until further order of the Court. “.

DLSA secretaries were asked to report on the status of medical facilities in terms of cleanliness, sanitation, toilets, electricity and infrastructure, adequacy of stocks of medicines and equipment; availability of an ambulance, accessibility – connectivity by road, availability of public transport to get to the facility and ability to deal with emergencies.

DLSAs were also asked if all medical staff, including doctors, nurses and ward staff, who are assigned to this facility, are present. On May 21, the court will also hear with the DLSA reports the issue of physicians attached to DHHs, CHCs and PHCs carrying out their private practice without performing their duties in government facilities. According to the current order, the government had authorized private practice under certain conditions.


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