Published On: Wed, Jun 17th, 2020

Centre should direct states to pay salaries to doctors treating Covid-19 patients: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients.

Health workers in protective suits talk to people standing in a queue for COVID-19 test at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Photo: AP

A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah said that doctors and healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients should not be denied quarantine facilities.

The top court asked the Centre to file a compliance report within four weeks on payment of salaries and quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers and warned that non-compliance would be viewed seriously.

The bench was hearing a plea filed by a private doctor raising questions on the Centre’s May 15 decision that 14-day quarantine was not mandatory for doctors.


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