The Supreme Court in the case Reepak Kansal vs UOI observed and has the Health Secretary, Delhi Government to consider and decide the requisition moved by the Supreme Court Registry wherein seeking additional health facilities in the Supreme Court premises.
However, in the case, the requisition specifically seeks the services of a number of specialists from different fields such as Cardiologists, Ortho, ENT etc.
The bench comprising of Justice MR Shah and Justice CT Ravikumar in the case was hearing a PIL, which sought additional health facilities for lawyers. It has also been refused by the court the benefits under Central Govt Health Scheme to lawyers, wherein stating that those services are available only to Central government employees.
The court asked during the previous hearing that the Registry to file a report on the existing medical facilities.
Therefore, it has been revealed in the Registry’s report that at present the Delhi Govt Health Centre is there in the premises providing services including emergency services to advocates and litigants.
Before the court, a detailed report has been submitted by the Registry in which it is stated that a Delhi Government Health Centre is in existence in the Low Security zone of the Main Campus of Supreme Court of India for extending of the medical facilities including emergency response mechanism to advocates, litigants and others.
Adding to it, the court stated that there are two doctors, one senior pharmacy officer, one pharmacist, one ANM and one Nursing Orderly available in the Centre.
Further, there being 10 rooms in the centre namely – five Doctors’ room, one laboratory, one dressing room, one pharmacy room, one ANM and one storeroom. Further, it has been pointed out that all emergency cases from DGHC are referred to Casualty Lok Nayak Jai Prakash and GB Pant hospitals.
The court was informed that all regular medicines are available in DGHC and it has also been reported that two well equipped ambulances are available 24/7 in the court premises.
However, the bench was satisfied with the facilities being provided in the Centre.
The court observed that on going through the report which is submitted by the Registry, it appears that full medical facilities and services are being provided under the Delhi Government Health Centre Scheme
The bench ordered while disposing of the writ petition is that no further order is required to be passed except directing the Health Secretary, Delhi Government to consider the communication dated November 19, 2022 and to take further steps as per the request, at the earliest.