SC asks the Centre to ensure uniform test charges for covid-19 all over the country
The remarks were made by an apex court bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, while hearing a suo motu case associated with mismanagement of covid-19, patient care, and manhandling of dead bodies.
“There should be uniformity in covid test fee. In some states it’s ₹2,200/- and in some it’s ₹4,500/- we’ll not fix rate, you fix a rate,” the bench told the Centre.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta submitted that it had been better to permit states a blank check as some were discussing even lower charges for the test.
“You fix upper limit. States will do rest,” Justice Bhushan said.
The bench, comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah, also observed that it had been very strange on the a part of Maharashtra government to bar people from receiving results of their covid-19 test.
The bench overrode the Maharashtra government order and asked it handy over test results to patients and their kin.
The court said no more intervention applications shall be entertained within the case and an in depth order are going to be made available later today.
The case are going to be next heard within the third week of July.
The apex court on 12 June had issued notice to Centre and therefore the state governments of Maharashtra, West Bengal , Tamil Nadu , Gujarat and Delhi directing them to require of the system of patient management and submit an in depth report.