New Delhi: The Supreme Court has come up with a decision in response to a petition filed by front-line workers, medical staff. Healthcare workers and staff were seeking the doors of the Supreme Court to provide them protection.
To this, The Indian Nurses Professional Association and United Nurses Association has filed a petition. On Wednesday, the proceedings of the appeals were completed. The Supreme Court has announced that there will be a helpline number.
The three-judge bench heard the case. It includes Justice NV Ramana, Justice BR Gavai, and Justice Sanjay K Kaul. As per the claims, sanitation workers and healthcare workers have no access to proper kits and protective gears.
The Solicitor General told the court that it is a misconception as necessary gears and kits are available. The Government is taking care of all the necessary guidelines even those laid by the WHO, said SG.
Furthermore, he stated that there would be a helpline number for healthcare workers and staff to address their grievances. The apex court bench has taken this decision. Tushar Mehta, The Solicitor General, said that now healthcare workers can call on dedicated helpline number.
On this number, they can seek help in case of a salary cut, house eviction, or non-availability of PPE kits. In many states, healthcare workers are facing house eviction threats by owners due to the fear of the spreading of the virus.
Also, in case of any grievances, petitioners are free to go state high courts, said the SC further disposing of the pleas.