In April this year, when Mumbai was in the grip of Covid-19, Dr Hemant Deshmukh, dean of the civic-run KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, had a string of difficult decisions to make. Patients were pouring in by the dozen every hour and he didn’t have any time to lose. Who received the limited number of RT-PCR tests available? Who got a hospital bed? How did doctors make decisions about triaging?
Deshmukh, the head of the city’s Covid task force and a radiologist with over two decades of medical practice under his belt, had never seen something like this.