Decided on March 17,2017

Laxmikant V. Palekar Appellant
State Of Goa And Ors. Respondents


ANOOP V.MOHTA,J. - (1.) Called out for final hearing as PIL is already admitted by this Court.
(2.) On hearing the learned counsel appearing for the parties, we are inclined to dispose off Public Interest Litigation. The petitioner has prayed, against the respondents, to fill in the vacancies of sanctioned posts of doctors in the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) and Healthcare in Rural Medical Dispensary, Primary Urban Health Centres and Cottage hospitals in the State by filing present PIL dated 16/1/2016.
(3.) The learned AGA appearing for the respondents filed reply dated 29.8.2016 stating as under: "Para 11: The Respondents deny that contents of para 9 of the petition. The respondents deny that healthcare in rural medical dispensary, primary urban health centres or cottage hospitals in the State appear to be grossly affected or that it is leading to increase burden on the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. As stated above, the respondents have filled 44 posts of doctors and 84 posts of nurses since January 2016. Appointments of 24 posts of doctors are under process. Para 15: The respondents admit that health care assumes singular importance in the life of the community and therefore the State provides free medicines, medical practitioners, nurses and staff etc to its citizens through various dispensaries, health centres and hospital. The Government takes measures to provide effect and efficient services of medical practitioners, nurses and medicines to its citizens. As of today every citizen gets access to health facilities without discrimination. Temporary shortage of a few doctors may not be termed as dereliction of duty to its citizens. The State Government ensures to this Hon'ble Court that there is no shortage of doctors. The respondents deny having turned a blind eye on any obvious requirement of its citizens". (emphasis added) ;

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