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Delhi HC mandates implementation of expert panel recommendations to enhance medical services in the capital: ET HealthWorld

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HC directs implementation of measures suggested by expert panel to improve medical services in Delhi, ET HealthWorld

In a recent development, the Delhi High Court has directed the chief secretary and principal health secretary to implement immediate measures recommended by a six-member expert committee to improve medical services in the national capital within 30 days. The court emphasized that these recommendations are crucial for saving human lives and are not politically motivated.

The expert committee, led by Dr. SK Sarin, submitted its interim report and recommendations in response to the court’s order from February 13. The committee identified various deficiencies in the medical system, including vacant positions, shortage of critical faculty, infrastructure, and medical supplies in government hospitals.

The committee recommended a phased approach to address the issues, including immediate, short-term, intermediate, and long-term measures. These include filling vacant positions within 30 days, establishing a centralized command and control room for emergency services, and enhancing the efficiency of healthcare services in Delhi.

Furthermore, the committee proposed implementing online approvals for availing of medical facilities, allowing the use of Aadhaar cards in private hospitals for cashless services, and ensuring access to tele-medicine services in district hospitals. The court granted the committee the liberty to file a supplementary report within four weeks and forwarded a copy of the order to the Election Commission for information.

The matter is scheduled for further hearing on May 24, as the court continues to address the critical need for improved medical services in Delhi’s government hospitals.

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