Delhi govt directs private hospitals to reserve 20% of total capacity for Covid-19 patients

The Delhi Health Minister today directed private hospitals with a capacity of 50 beds or more to reserve 20% of their total bed strength for coronavirus patients.

Written by May 24, 2020 21:34

New Delhi: As the Coronavirus cases continue to mount in the national capital, the Delhi government today reached out to the private hospitals for making beds available for Covid-19 patients.

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The Delhi Health Minister today directed private hospitals with a capacity of 50 beds or more to reserve 20% of their total bed strength for coronavirus patients. A total of 10 private hospitals have been declared as COVID-19 dedicated hospitals for admitting confirmed/ suspected cases of coronavirus on payment basis.

“It has been found that in the recent past the majority of beds earmarked for COVID-19 patients in the dedicated private hospitals are occupied at any given time. Therefore, there is a need to increase the number of beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients in the private hospitals in the city,” an order of Delhi govt said.

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“The Delhi govt felt an imperative need to increase the no. of beds, dedicated to COVID19 patients. Hence, all 117 pvt hospitals/nursing homes with a capacity of 50 beds or more, have been directed to reserve 20% of their total bed strength for COVID19 patients,” Jain tweeted.

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These 117 private hospitals shall bill the COVID-19 patients as per their respective schedule of charges, the order said.