Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Karnataka government have acted tough against private hospitals in Bengaluru for not reserving 50% beds for COVID-19 patients. The BBMP has suspended the licences of 19 private hospitals in Bengaluru.

While many within the BBMP claim it to be a brave move to show how the civic authority can pull up hospitals some still question as to why no major private medical facility is not in the suspension list. Some of the top private hospitals in Bengaluru have been accused of charging high costs for COVID care.

It is reported that the BBMP health officer of south zone Dr. Shivakumar filed complaints against many hospitals under Section 58 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Based on the preliminary report, the BBMP health officials have put up banners with message of their licence being suspended at 19 hospitals in Bengaluru.

As per the documents, the hospitals that have been suspended are, Anugraha Vittala hospital, Vinayaka hospital, Prashanth hospital and Radhakrishna hospital (in Basavanagudi subdivision); Gurushree hospital, Kalabhaireshwara hospital, Padmashree hospital, Maruthi hospital (Vijayanagar subdivision); Promed hospital, NU hospital, Deepak hospital, Sevakshetra hospital and Udbhava hospital (Padmanabhanagar subdivision); Gangothri hospital, Acura hospital and Karanth hospital (BTM Layout subdivision) and HCG cancer hospital, Trinity hospital and Maiya hospital (Chickpet subdivision)

Keeping in mind about inpatients and those who come seeking OPD services, the hospitals are allowed to function but cases are registered against CEOs and owners to set a precedent.

A few days ago, minister Byrathi Basavaraj was caught on camera warning Manipal Hospital in Whitefield zone for not reserving 50% of beds for COVID care. The hospital however is said to have told the government that it has given all 100 beds at Malleshwaram branch.

The statement from Manipal Hospital is said to be loud and clear for the minister that he cannot ask for more beds from other branches.

 

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