HC directs to investigate death incident of returned patients
Published: 04:25 PM, 6 July 2020
The High Court has directed to submit a report after investigating the deaths of patients without treatment as they were not admitted to the hospital or clinic.
The court also directed to conduct an investigation after reviewing the news in the national newspapers. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been asked to submit the report by July 21.
The virtual high court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order on Monday after hearing a writ petition seeking directions to compensate the victims due to patient return.
Lawyer Anik R Haque, lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Milon appeared for the writ petition, while Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder represented the state.
Earlier on June 13 separate writ petitions were filed and, directed action against those involved in deporting patients without treatment, monitoring ICU beds and requiring supply and pricing of oxygen. On June 15, the High Court issued 11-point directions on the joint hearing of these writ petitions.
One of the directives of the High Court was to report on COVID-19 ICU bed monitoring and price control, oxygen supply and price control and ensuring services without returning patients. Following the directive, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Health submitted separate reports to the court on June 30.