On 11th May 2021, the state government issued a direction prescribing a set of rules that patients from other states need an approved application from the control room set up by the government for hospitalization.
On observation in this issue, the Hon’ble Telangana High Court held that no State policies or direction can be approved that causes avoiding or delaying of medical treatment to patients in dire need.
This observation was made by a division bench of the Hon’ble Telangana High Court comprising of Hon’ble Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Hon’ble Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy. They further go on to say that if policies like these get approved then this would amount to a violation of the right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and also serve as a restrain on the right of a citizen to move freely in the territory of India, under article 19(1) (d) of the Indian Constitution.
Hence, the Hon’ble court stayed the guidelines of the state government that restrained inter-state ambulance movement.