Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued show-cause notices to 291 private hospitals in the city, instructing the hospitals to provide details about the availability of beds, ICU, and ventilators in the hospital.

BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad has directed the private hospitals to notify it about the availability of beds in the hospitals in 24 hours failing which the hospital management will be booked under the National Disaster Management Act.

Repeated complaints of private hospitals refusing to admit COVID-19 positive patients and they in turn making rounds in the city and succumbing to death, surfaced in the city.

Cracking the whip against some private medical college hospitals for their non-cooperation, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa directed them to provide 50% of beds as promised by them "with effect from tomorrow (July 19) itself."

It was the third time the CM had directed the private medical college hospital owners to reserve 50% beds for coronavirus patients. When they did not fall in line, the second meeting was convened but there was no change in their behaviour, the officials said.

The chief minister was compelled to convene another meeting and issue stern directions to them, according to the officials.

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