OCTOBER STATUS REPORT OF HCFI LEGAL CELL

1. CPR Case

Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shree Awardee and National President of Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) had filed the representation on the issue relating to CPR and AED machines in public places like courts, Delhi metro, railways before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. After due consideration, the said Represnetation was converted into Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court titled as “Court on its Own Motion versus Union of India” and the Hon’ble Chief Justice has also issued notice to Union Government, Government of NCT of Delhi, Supreme Court Registrar, etc. in the said PIL. The said PIL was listed for hearing on 05.10.2018 and after hearing the said PIL was listed for net date of hearing on 14.11.2018. 

2. OTC Case

Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shree Awardee and National President of Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) had filed the representation on the issue relating to formulation of law on Over the Counter Drugs (OTC) before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. After due consideration, the said Represnetation was converted into Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court titled as “Court on its Own Motion versus Union of India” and the Hon’ble Chief Justice has also issued notice to Union Government, etc. in the said PIL. The said PIL was listed for hearing on 05.10.2018 and after hearing the said PIL was listed for net date of hearing on 14.11.2018. 

3. Use of High Beam Lights in Vehicles

On 26th September, 2018, Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) had filed a Right to Information application to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways thereby asking following questions:

1. Is there any law relating to “high beam lights in vehicles” in India?

2. Can a vehicle drive on high beam in colonies / cities in India?

3. If the answer to query no. 2 is “no”, then what is the punishment for a vehicle which is driving on high beam?

4. What actions / rules Government of India has made for stopping vehicles from driving on high beams in colonies?

5. How many accidents are taking place because of use of high beam by vehicles in colonies / cities in India?

Vide reply dated 11.10.2018, the Transport Research Wing of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways had stated that:

Regarding query no. 1-4 of the application: TRW does not collect / compile information regarding high beam lights in vehicles and accidents because of use of high beam lights in vehicles in India. Thus, the information sought by you is not available in TRW”.

4. Notified list of Communicable Diseases

On 26th September, 2018 HCFI had filed a RTI application with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Central Government thereby seeking information on following queries:

1. Is there any notified list of communicable diseases in India?

2. If answer to query no. 1 is “yes”, then please provide the said notified list of communicable diseases in India?

3. Is there any vaccination notified for the such communicable diseases in India?

4. If answer to query no. 2 is yes, then please provide the details of all vaccinations notified for all notified communicable diseases in India?

5. Is there any policy or law or scheme under which a person can get vaccination for all notified communicable diseases?

6. If answer to query no. 5 is yes, then please provide the details of all policies or law or scheme under which the person can get vaccination for all notified communicable diseases?

Vide reply dated 15th October, 2018, the Immunization Division of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had provided the list of diseases against which vaccination is provided under Universal Immunization Programme. The list is as follows:

Sr. No.

Vaccine

Disease prevented

1. 

Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG)

Severe form of childhood Tuberculosis

2. 

Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)

Poliomyelitis

3. 

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis-B

4. 

Pentavalent Vaccine

Diphtheria, Pertussis, tetanus, Hepatitis-B, Pneumonia and Meningitis caused by H influenzae type b

5. 

Rotavirus Vaccine

Rotavirus diarrhea

6. 

Inactivated Polio Vaccine

Poliomyelitis

7. 

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

Pneumococcal Pneumonia

8. 

Measles Vaccine

Measles

9. 

Measles & Rubella (MR) Vaccine

Measles and Rubella

10. 

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) Vaccine

Japanese Encephalitis

11. 

DPT Vaccine

Diphtheria, pertussis and Tetanus

12. 

Tetanus Toxoid

Tetanus

Further vide reply dated 23.10.2018, the PH(IH) Division of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that PH(IH) Division deals with implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) at Points of Entry and Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC). This division does not have any information pertaining to notified diseases and their vaccinations in India.

5. Ambulances in Delhi

On 26th September, 2018 HCFI had filed a RTI application to the Department of Health, Delhi Government seeking following information:

1. Is it mandatory for all hospitals both private and government hospitals to have basic and advance life support ambulance for 24 hours?

2. If answer to query no. 1 is “no”, then please provide the details of the hospitals for whom it is mandatory to have ambulance for 24 hours?

3. How many basic life support ambulances are there in Delhi?

4. How many advance life support ambulances are there in Delhi?

5. How many hospitals have basic life support ambulance available for 24 hours in Delhi?

6. Provide the list of hospitals having basic life support ambulance available for 24 hours in Delhi.

7. How many hospitals have advance life support ambulance available for 24 hours?

8. Provide the list of hospitals having advance life support ambulance available for 24 hours in Delhi.

Vide reply dated 02.11.2018, Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) which is an autonomous body of Delhi Government has stated that it has 108 basic life support ambulances and 31 Advanced Life Support ambulances. However, CATS does not have any information about whole of Delhi.

6. 25th Perfect Health Mela organised by HCFI

In the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela which was held in Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi from 23rd October till 27th October, 2018, the legal cell of Heart Care Foundation of India namely HCFI Legal Cell had also participated and created awareness in the Mela on various legal issues like patients rights, insurance law, mediation law, arbitration law, sexual harassment, doctor patient relationship, etc.

Many renowed lawyers of the country are its members and they all were present in the Mela. Following is the list of Advocates who have reported in the Mela:

1. Ms. Pinky Anand, Senior Advocate

2. Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Senior Advocate

3. Mr. Rahul Gupta, Advocate

4. Mr. Siddarth Luthra, Senior Advocate

5. Ms. Anupam Sanghi, Advocate

6. Mr. Nageshwar Kumar, Advocate

7. Mr. Nikhil Rohatgi, Advocate

8. Mrs. Vasundhra Rohatgi, Advocate

9. Mrs. Gunjan Sanghi, Advocate

10. Mr. Pulkit Sachdeva, Advocate

11. Mrs. Saloni Sachdeva, Advocate

12. Mr. Rajendra Singh, Advocate

13. Mr. Sunil Kumar, Advocate

14. Mrs. Dharini Rajaram

15. Ms. Aanchal Dhingra, Advocate

16. Mr. Arav Kapoor, Advocate

17. Mr. Vijender Jain, Advocate

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Vipin Sanghi of Delhi High Court and Hon’ble Mr. J. R. Middha of Delhi High Court and 2 judges of Delhi District Court namely Mr. Sanjeev Jain, Judge and Mr. Kawaljeet Singh Arora, Judge had also attended the Mela.

HCFI Legal Cell had also organised live Facebook Webcast with Ms. Ira Gupta, Mr. Vijender Jain, Ms. Anupam Sanghi and Mr. Pulkit Sachdeva on various issues like patients right, arbitration law, competition law in health and on criminal law respectively.

HCFI Legal Cell had organised Moot Court on the topic “Me Lord I am not Guilty”. In the said Moot Court competition, almost 8 colleges had participated. The said Moot Court was judged by the lawyers namely Ms. Ira Gupta and Mr. Pulkit Sachdeva, Advocates. All the participants were either from medical college or from nursing college and it was amazing the way they all performed as they all performed as if they are real life lawyers and judges.

HCFI Legal Cell also ensured that there is no mis happening in the Mela like theft, molestation, etc.

7. RTI Applications Filed

HCFI has filed RTI Application on the issue relating to Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.

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