Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday directed private hospitals across the State to reserve 50 per cent of general as well as ICU beds for treatment of Covid-19 patients.

The directive is applicable to private hospitals having facility for 30 beds or more and are registered under the Odisha Clinical Establishment (Control & Regulation) Act 1990.

The provision for reservation of beds may go upto 100 per cent when need arises, the State health department wrote in letter to all the district Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers.

The health department has directed the private hospitals to refrain from referring Covid-19 patients to other hospitals when positive cases are detected.

“It is observed that the private hospitals are treating the non-Covid cases, but when they find such patients to be Covid-19 positive during the treatment they immediately request the Government machinery to shift the case to a Government Covid facility,” Additional Chief Secretary of health department Pradipta Mohapatra stated in the letter.

“It is also observed that the private hospitals are also not admitting the Covid positive patients with a plea that they do not have Covid beds. Many private hospitals have designated very few beds for Covid patients and have kept the rest for non Covid patients. This has resulted in increased load on Government Covid facilities,” he added.

The health department warned of action if any private hospital is found collecting exorbitant fees from patients.

“The hospital shall charge reasonable fees from patient and refrain from collecting exorbitant fees, failing which action as deemed fit will be taken against the hospital,” Mohapatra said.

The health department also prescribed fees structure for the private hospitals

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