The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognizance of India TV's exclusive report on mismanagement of patients suffering from COVID-19 in Delhi's LNJP hospital. Citing India TV's report, the SC said that the condition of patients in certain hospitals in the national capital is "pathetic and horrific" and hospitals need to be answerable for the same.
"The images and visuals showed by India TV on June 10 are horrific," the SC said. There are instances when the relatives of the deceased are not able to attend their funeral. This is a very sad condition. We issue a notice to NCT Delhi & states of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. We issue a separate notice to LNJP hospital."
The Supreme Court has also asked the Delhi government for an explanation on the subdued testing in the national capital despite spiking covid cases.
What Supreme Court said on India TV's Exclusive report
- "The images and visuals showed by India TV on June 10 are horrific"
- "This was the condition of LNJP Hospital which has been turned into a COVID hospital by the government. This is a 200-bed hospital."
- "No one is following the directives. Relatives are not being informed of the death."
- SC asked Centre's reply by Jun 17 on steps taken to deal with Covid-19 patients and bodies of infected persons.
India TV's exclusive report on LNJP hospital exposed horrific images that showed the mismanagement by the hospital staff of those infected with coronavirus. The visuals showed the scenes from LNJP's isolation ward where there were patients lying naked on the floor and dead bodies kept in the same room where apparent 'treatment' was being undertaken.
After the report, the hospital suspended 2 nurses in relation to the incident while the hospital medical superintendent Dr Suresh Kumar, while speaking to India TV said that because the air conditioners of the hospitals are being turned off because of their potential of playing a catalyst in spreading coronavirus, patients sometimes take their clothes off while resting because of the heat in the national capital.