The Kerala High Court on Thursday suggested that the State government should consider taking over 50 percent of all hospitals beds for a limited time period to accommodate COVID-19 patients.
A Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Kauser Edappagth said that adequate and affordable medical treatment is non-negotiable.
“Can you take over unused hospitals, perhaps 50 percent of all hospital beds in Kerala? This is only for a short period, one or two months,” the Bench asked.
The Court also said that everybody who is ill should get medical treatment from the nearest hospital even if the hospital is a 5-star one.
“Three facets are non-negotiable – non-discrimination in access to public facilities, adequate medical treatment, affordable medical treatment. Does not matter whether hospital is 5-star. If I am ill, I must be given best medical treatment in the nearest hospital,” the Court underscored.
Adequate medical treatment that is not affordable becomes a chimera, the Court added.
The Court will hear the matter again on Friday.
Kerala will be going into complete lockdown from Saturday due to the exponential surge in COVID cases in the State.