No Govt Approval Needed For Covid-19 Tests: Gujarat HC

An aid to private doctors and people, the Gujarat High Court on Friday stated that there was no need to take consent of the government for carrying out coronavirus tests if doctors advise it.
The Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) had approached the high court against a Gujarat government order, which prohibits private doctors and hospitals from conducting COVID-19 tests without getting acceptance from deligaated health officials.
In its appeal, the AMA argued against this directive saying that doctors' opinion should be treated as final because any delay would adversely affect the health of both the patient and the doctor.
The division bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala clubbed the appeal with a suo motu PIL it has been hearing since March about various aspects related to coronavirus pandemic. The judges have been hearing the PIL and related matters from their residences through video-conferencing.
The AMA claims that it normally takes two to three days for the consent to come.
While hearing the appeal, the bench asked the government why people were barred from getting tested when the ICMR had already recognised 12 laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests in the state.