Context: HC directs Punjab to fill vacant posts as Right to health is fundamental.
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Punjab and Haryana High Court declared that right to health is a fundamental right before directing Punjab to fill the vacancies in the Hoshiarpur district hospital.
The Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu also made it clear that it was a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution. The assertion comes at a time when a high-level panel, set up by the 15th Finance Commission, on reforms in the health sector recently suggested declaring the right to health as a fundamental right.
- A petition filed in public interest by Shivam Sharma against the Union of India and other respondents on medical facilities available in Hoshiarpur district.
- The Bench also set a two-month deadline for the purpose of filling the vacant posts in the Hoshiarpur district hospital.
- The Bench also directed the Union of India to take a final decision on upgrading Hoshiarpur district hospital into a medical hospital. The direction came after the Bench was told that the matter had been taken up by the state with the Centre.
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