PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad high court on Monday said the medical infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh’s villages and towns is “Ram Bharose” (at the mercy of God), while taking serious exception to the disposal of the body of a patient, Santosh Kumar, as unidentified in Meerut district hospital.
If this is the state of affairs of a medical college in a city like Meerut, then the healthcare system of the state, particularly in towns and villages can be likened to the famous Hindi saying — Ram Bharose, the high court observed, adding it’s a case of ‘high degree carelessness’.
“A patient is admitted to the hospital in absolute care of doctors and paramedical staff and if they adopt a casual approach, then it is a case of serious misconduct. They are playing with the lives of innocent people. In these few months, we have realised that the state’s medical infrastructure as it stands today, is very delicate, fragile and debilitated,” the court observed.
Hearing a PIL on Covid care, a division bench comprising Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar directed additional chief secretary (medical and health), UP to file an affidavit, fixing responsibility in the matter. The court fixed May 22 as the next date of hearing.