HC to rescue of rabies patient asked to move out of pvt hospital

The Delhi High Court has come to the rescue of a critically ill rabies patient who was about to be allegedly driven out by Max Superspeciality Hospital on the ground that her disease may lead to spreading of infection.

PTI| Updated: May 08, 2014, 23:42 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has come to the rescue of a critically ill rabies patient who was about to be allegedly driven out by Max Superspeciality Hospital on the ground that her disease may lead to spreading of infection.

In pursuance of the late evening intervention by a bench of Justice Manmohan on May 7, the Directorate of Health Services of Delhi government issued an office order asking the hospital not to discharge patient Kavita Joshi and "continue the requisite treatment."

The court, which had earlier sought responses from the Centre, the Directorate of Health Services and the hospital, located at Patparganj in east Delhi, today disposed of the plea after it was told that an order has been issued by Delhi government in this regard.

Joshi, who is on ventilator since May 5 after being bitten by a dog, knocked the doors of the court through her lawyer alleging the hospital wanted her out on the ground that the infection may spread there.

The plea, filed through lawyer R K Saini, said the family of the patient is willing to bear the treatment cost.
The staff, after a few days, started insisting her parents get her discharged from the hospital and they said she be taken to some other place as there was a risk of infection, it said.
The patient is in critical condition and moving her to another hospital can prove fatal, it had said.