Connect with us

Headlines of The Day

Delhi HC issues contempt notice to MoHFW over sample collection SOPs

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a contempt of court notice to the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a plea stating that there are no specific standard operating procedures (SOP) at present for diagnostic laboratories regarding sample collection and their transport.

A bench of Justice Mini Pushkarna issued a notice and gave the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare six weeks’ time to file a status report on the steps taken on the issue of minimum standards regarding sample collection, sample collection centres, and sample transport policy, and slated the hearing for September 26.

Advocate Mrinmoi Chatterjee, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that there was an urgent need for having guidelines for diagnostic laboratories in place as currently no standard operating procedure is being adopted by them.

“In spite of the decisions taken by the respondent in the meeting held on 30.05.2023, no SOP for sample collection, sample collection centres, and sample transport policy has been formulated/ published till date. Moreover, no list of tests that can be taken up by a collection centre, and tests which can only be performed and taken up at the parent laboratory where the test is being conducted, has been formulated till date,” the plea stated.

“The Petitioner is gravely concerned about the conduct of the contemnor since the directions had been passed by this Hon’ble Court regarding very important issues related to public health and safety of common citizens. It is imperative that the rules and regulations related to sample collection, sample collection centres, etc. be formulated at the earliest to protect and save lives of the public at large,” the plea stated. India Today

Copyright © 2024 Medical Buyer

error: Content is protected !!