Karnataka govt warns of action against hospitals over beds

Prime News, Karnataka, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, May 12:- Amid the unprecedented second wave of Covid-19 and sudden spike cases, the Karnataka government on Tuesday (May 11) warned to initiate legal action against all those hospitals that have failed to hand over beds to the government to date.

Revenue Minister R Ashoka and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a virtual meeting with officials concerned here to address Bengaluru’s shortage of beds and decided to initiate legal action against errant hospitals here.

The revenue minister said that all hospitals within the Bengaluru civic body limits including those with 20-30 beds capacity and over 100 beds, must be inspected and seize 50 percent of these beds must be seized immediately.

He added that all private hospitals in the city must be inspected immediately to make sure more beds are available for Covid patients.

Ashoka also instructed the officials to conduct a reality check on the availability of beds by a team led by officials and police officers at private hospitals and medical colleges.

According to the inspection and the regulations, the beds must be seized. In case the beds are not provided, the authorities must take legal action under the Disaster Management Act, he said.

Bommai said that this inspection must be a joint operation in order to seize all the beds in private hospitals in the city. “Legal action must be taken against hospitals that are providing false information and not reserving the beds for Covid patients,” he noted.

He also suggested that the number of step-down hospitals should also be increased in collaboration with private hospitals. “At present, step down hospitals have 960 beds, and there is a need to increase it to at least 5,000 beds in the days to come,” he said.

Revenue department principal secretary N Manjunath Prasad said that already nine teams comprising IAS and IPS officers have been deployed to keep a check on bed allocation in private hospitals. “Nodal officers and police officers are appointed to 50 major hospitals in the city. Apthamithra staff from Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust have also been appointed. These officers need to work in tandem to make sure private hospitals are reserving 50 percent and private medical college hospitals are reserving 75 percent for Covid patients,” he explained. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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