Top Mumbai hospitals violate rules in COVID-19 beds

Updated: Jun 03, 2020, 08:40 IST | Dharmendra Jore | Mumbai

Four hospitals served notices after health minister's surprise visit on Monday night

Health Minister Rajesh Tope met doctors at a city hospital on Tuesday
Health Minister Rajesh Tope met doctors at a city hospital on Tuesday

After some top city hospitals were found violating the directives regarding making 80 per cent beds available to COVID-19 patients, CM Uddhav Thackeray asked BMC to deploy its officials to ensure that the affected are treated without any delay in such charitable hospitals.

The cabinet decided this on Tuesday and also approved a proposal to cover all COVID patients under the state's Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojna.

On Monday night, Health Minister Rajesh Tope made surprise visits to some of the city's private hospitals where he found violations of the government directives.

According to official information, Bombay Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, Hinduja Hospital and Lilavati Hospital were given show-cause notices by State Health Services Guarantee Society.

A government press statement said that the private hospitals were rejecting admission saying that the 80 per cent reserved beds were fully occupied. The hospitals didn't have information on beds available despite having 50 per cent (of approved beds) vacant. They didn't display the rates approved by the government, the statement added.

"We had received complaints and hence Mr Tope started visiting hospitals between 10 pm (Monday) and 2 am (Tuesday)," said the health minister's office.

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