News UpdatesMadras HC Seeks Status Report From TN Govt. On Manufacture, Sale, Pricing, Quality, Usage And Disposal Of Face Masks [Read Order] Mehal Jain15 Jun 2020 8:28 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and the state of Tamil Nadu on a PIL to devise and formulate proper rules and regulations as regards manufacture, quality control, specification, pricing, usage and disposal of face masks by the public at large. The Division Bench was hearing a petition raising the issue of usage of face masks by the people of the State of Tamil…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and the state of Tamil Nadu on a PIL to devise and formulate proper rules and regulations as regards manufacture, quality control, specification, pricing, usage and disposal of face masks by the public at large. The Division Bench was hearing a petition raising the issue of usage of face masks by the people of the State of Tamil Nadu. It was submitted that despite the fact that the World Health Organisation, the Central Government and other State Governments have issued comprehensive guidelines for the usage and disposal of face masks during the COVID period, the State of Tamil Nadu has not issued any separate G.O., or guidelines, in this regard and “there is abuse and huge waste of such disposed masks which is causing various issues”. The Court granted three weeks’ time to the state government to file a Status Report and the Guidelines with regard to the Manufacture, distribution, sale, supply, pricing, Quality Control, Specifications, Usage and Disposal of Face Masks, if any, issued by the government. In April, a PIL had been filed in the Supreme Court praying that advisory/guidelines be issued for proper handling and disposal of used face masks, which are presently being discharged as household garbage throughout the country, in order to prevent a relapse of COVID-19. Petitioner-in-person Ankit Gupta, a final year student at NLIU, Bhopal, submitted that assessment of the COVID threat led the government to make wearing of face masks mandatory, non-compliance of which has now been made punishable with fine. The Supreme Court did not intervene in this matter seeking directions to issue guidelines for proper handling and disposal of used face masks which are being discharged as household wasted on the basis that the NGT had already been seized of the matter. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta informed the Bench that there were detailed directions which had been issued by the Health, Environment and Home Ministries regarding the methods to be employed for disposal of masks. “We cannot have multiple hearings in different tribunals. We will leave it to the NGT to consider on how the matter should be publicized. You cannot bring everything to the Supreme Court”. On the basis of the same, the petition was disposed off. Earlier in March, the Kerala High Court has directed the Government to take measures to control the price rise of the essential commodities, viz., face masks and hand sanitizers, and ensure adequate supply of the said commodities in the State of Kerala, subject to the manufacturing capacity. In view of COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Central Government has issued an order in March regulating the prices of masks and hand sanitizers. It had declared that the retail prices of Melt Blown non-Woven Fabric used in manufacturing masks (2ply & 3ply), shall not be more than the prices prevailing on the day one month prior to 13.03.2020 i.e. the prices prevailing on 12.02.2020. The retail prices of masks (3ply surgical mask), shall not be more than the prices prevailing on the day one month prior to 13.03.2020 i.e. as on 12.02.2020 or not more than Rs.10 per piece whichever is lower and that of mask (2ply) shall not be more than Rs.8 per piece. In May, The Bombay High Court had also asked the Union of India to inform whether a decision has been taken regarding capping the prices of N-95 masks that are being sold across the country in light of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
New President & CEO Appointed to Run BMHBarry G. Beeman has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Southern Vermont Health Services Corporation. He will be coming to Brattleboro this summer. Beeman has roots in New England, and he and his wife, a nurse, are very happy to be coming to Vermont, where they have family.Beeman comes to BMH with a total of twenty-three years of healthcare administrative experience including as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Human Resources at three previous hospitals.Beeman most recently held the position of President/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Maryland, a community hospital and health system with similarities to BMH, also located in a rural area. While there he coordinated major expansion projects to include new emergency and outpatient centers and expanded surgical and diagnostic services. He also provided leadership direction successfully positioning the hospital organizationally and financially. As CEO of Atlantic General, Beeman was an active leader in representing the hospital/health system in the community, resulting in successful appeals and development campaigns.Before going to Atlantic General in 1998, Beeman was President and CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, Connecticut. There he managed the performance of a network of two acute care hospitals, long-term care facility, home care agency, and two wellness centers. Before that he served at Rockville General Hospital for thirteen years in various capacities, the last four years of which as President and CEO.Beeman received a masters degree in healthcare management from Rensselaer at Hartford Graduate Center (CT), and obtained his bachelor of science in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.His professional affiliations include memberships in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He is a member of the CEO Circle, and is currently a member of the Maryland Hospital Association in addition to various other entities in Maryland such as Chambers of Commerce in several areas of the state. He is past president of his residential community in Maryland.Beeman is married to Kathy Banning, a registered nurse who trained at the Thompson School for Nurses here in Brattleboro. They have one grown daughter, Alicyn. Beeman lists as his interests, in addition to people in general, golf and other outdoor activities and going to the movies.Catherine Coonan, chairperson of the SVHSC board of trustees, says she is very pleased that Barry Beeman has accepted the position of leading our wonderful hospital. I feel confident that his background, leadership skills, and relationships with people both in the hospital and out in the community will benefit Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.