As per a request received from the Delhi
The High Court, the Government of Delhi, has decided to use 100 rooms of the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, to set up a COVID health facility for other judicial officers of the Delhi High Court, and their families.
Notification to this effect has been issued by the Incident Commander / SDM, Sub-Division Chanakyapuri, Geet Grover on Sunday (26 April). The COVID health facility will be run by Primus Hospital and the following instructions have been issued by the Delhi Government: –
- Biomedical waste disposal will be the responsibility of the hospital.
- Hotel staff will be given all protective gear and basic adequate training.
- An ambulance for the transfer facility will be provided by Primus Hospital.
- For any shortage of hotel staff, the hospital will provide.
- The hotel will provide all services including rooms, housekeeping, disinfection, and food for patients.
- Fees will be collected by the hospital and the hospital will pay the hotel.
- Primus Hospital can adjust its doctors, nurses, and other paramedical staff at their expense after mutually fixing the rates.
Importantly, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court, asking private / government COVIDs hospitals to treat judicial officers as front-line employees and to treat judicial officers and their families. Instructions have been sought for hospitals.
The petition filed by Shobha Gupta and others (advocates nominated with the Bar Council of Delhi) was transferred before the HC, stating that the COVID protocol was not being followed in the courts and LD. Judicial officers are highly exposed to virus.