Supreme Court Directs Centre to resolve the oxygen crisis within two days

The Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to rectify the issue of oxygen in Delhi hospitals within two days ( on or before May 3 ).

In the order that was released on Sunday night, the Supreme Court ordered the Central government to collaborate with other States and prepare a buffer stock of medical oxygen for emergency scenarios and decentralise the locations of these emergency stocks.

In the Apex Court’s order passed in its suo motu case, the Court stated that emergency stocks should be created within four days. After that, it has to be replenished on a day-to-day basis and the supply that is already being provided.

Hon’ble Court also ordered that the Centre shall formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals that all States will mandatorily follow within two weeks. It was further ordered that State governments and Centre notify all DGP/CP and Chief Secretaries that if there is any clampdown on information on social media channels or if harassment is caused to persons seeking or delivering help on any platforms attract coercive action for this Court.

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Lastly, the Court stated that until the Centre comes up with a national policy, hospitals could not deny admission to patients or essential drugs in any UT or State even if the patient does not have identity proof or residential proof.

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