Kejriwal to Delhi Pvt Hospitals: Stop black marketing of beds, must admit COVID patients
“A few private hospitals are indulging in black marketing of beds. I want to warn them,” Delhi CM Kejriwal said in an angry tone. “You were allowed to build hospitals to serve the people of Delhi and not mint profits during a pandemic." While 20 per cent of beds in private hospitals operating in Delhi have been reserved for the COVID patients, the AAP government issued an order stating that the hospitals cannot refuse to admit the suspected corona patients.
Cracking the whip on private hospitals operating in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said they can’t deny admission to COVID patients. During the digital briefing, he said the Delhi government has passed an order that the hospitals cannot refuse to admit the suspected corona patients.
Kejriwal warned the private hospitals from indulging in black marketing of the beds. A few media reports had earlier claimed that the private hospitals are either refusing to admit COVID patients or were charging exorbitant amounts for treatment.
“A few private hospitals are indulging in black marketing of beds. I want to warn them,” Kejriwal said in an angry tone. “You were allowed to build hospitals to serve the people of Delhi and not mint profits during a pandemic. Don’t be mistaken that you will be allowed to indulge in black marketing of beds because of your nexus with leaders of other political parties.”
The Delhi government has made it compulsory for the private hospitals to reserve 20 per cent beds for the COVID-19 patients. The national capital continues to be one of the top states with the highest number of corona patients.
CM Kejriwal said that a team appointed by the government is meeting the owners of private hospitals to ensure the reservation of beds for COVID patients and discuss individual problems being faced by the hospitals.
On Tuesday, the Delhi government had launched a mobile application meant to show the real-time status of availability of beds and ventilators in the hospital operating in the national capital. However, reports of denial by the hospitals had surfaced.
“One medical professional of the Delhi government will sit in every private hospital. These representatives will update us about the status of beds in private hospitals,” the Delhi Chief Minister said, adding that it will end any possibility of foul play by the private hospitals. He also added that it is the responsibility of the hospitals to test the suspected COVID patients.
“No hospital can refuse to admit suspected COVID patients. Today we are passing the order that no hospital in Delhi can refuse to admit suspected patients,” he said.
Clarifying on reports claiming that Delhi has stopped COVID testing, CM Kejriwal said that of 42 testing labs, six were notorious, and action has been taken against them.
While Kejriwal claimed that Delhi has the highest testing numbers in the entire country, he also requested the asymptomatic patients to refrain from taking COVID tests as it reduces the opportunity for serious and symptomatic patients.